Most of the enterprises that have large investments in Microsoft technologies, also have Microsoft System Center Configuation Manager (SCCM) in their environment to manage servers and endpoints. SCCM has been an effective solution (an still is) for managing software deplopyment, compliance settings and asset management across any endpoint device or server connected to the corporate network.
With growing adoption and promotion of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the enterprises along with cloud, there is a shift on how devices need to be managed. Which brings in Microsoft Intune a cloud-based service to the foreront, in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) space, that organizations are looking to for replacing or complimenting their existing SCCM deployments.
While customers look at transforming SCCM infrastrcuture for Software Distribution & Device Management, across new or existing Window 10 devices, it is also a good time to look at the overall strategy and see how Cloud can be adopted. Along with this it is paramout to have a good plan and design along with conducting a production rollout.
An initial assessment of the infrastructure with a focus on Sites, Users and Device Tyes that need to be supported, to be able to decide the right fit device managment strategy.
Once the above discovery and assessment has been completed the possible solutions in a typical environment for Windows 10 would be primarily – Hybrid Intune with SCCM, Intune with Branch Cache and/or Intune with Delivery Optimization.
Let us look a bit more into Delivery Optimization with Intune. Delivery Optimization with a view to optimize the bandwidth required during updates/rollouts – is a peer-to-peer client update service that uses Windows enpoint devices, both local PCs and non-local devices via the Internet, todeliver updated Windows 10 bits to an organization’s networked PCs. For detailed information read Mirosoft documentation here
The Update Strategy for Intune with Delivery Optimization needs to factor all the above permutations and combinations of Site Types, OS types along with Service Channels and ideal deployment rings. While, I am not going into details of how it is to be configured or what Download Mode to use, let me give you a sneak peak (a sample) into how you should go about deciding the Update Strategy.
As I always say, whatever you decide w.r.t Technology utlimately it should answer 3 key questions – is this bringing the right employee experience, optimizing costs and making the organization future proof.