Install and assign Configuration Manager Windows 10 clients using Azure AD for authentication

To install the Configuration Manager client on Windows 10 devices using Azure AD authentication, integrate Configuration Manager with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Clients can be on the intranet communicating directly with an HTTPS-enabled management point. They can also be internet-based communicating through the CMG or with an internet-based management point. This process uses Azure AD to authenticate clients to the Configuration Manager site. Azure AD replaces the need to configure and use client authentication certificates.

Before you begin

  • An Azure AD tenant is a prerequisite

  • Device requirements:

    • Windows 10

    • Joined to Azure AD, either pure cloud domain-joined, or hybrid Azure AD-joined

  • User requirements:

  • In addition to the existing prerequisites for the management point site system role, also enable ASP.NET 4.5 on this server. Include any other options that are automatically selected when enabling ASP.NET 4.5.

  • Determine whether your management point needs HTTPS. For more information, see Enable management point for HTTPS.

  • Optionally set up a cloud management gateway (CMG) to deploy internet-based clients. For on-premises clients that authenticate with Azure AD, you don't need a CMG.

Configure Azure Services for Cloud Management

Connect your Configuration Manager site to Azure AD as the first step. For details of this process, see Configure Azure services. Create a connection to the Cloud Management service.

Enable Azure AD User Discovery as part of onboarding to Cloud Management.

After you complete these actions, your Configuration Manager site is connected to Azure AD.

Configure client settings

These client settings help join Windows 10 devices with Azure AD. They also enable internet-based clients to use the CMG and cloud distribution point.

  1. Configure the following client settings in the Cloud Services section using the information in How to configure client settings.

    • Allow access to cloud distribution point: Enable this setting to help internet-based devices get the required content to install the Configuration Manager client. If the content isn't available on the cloud distribution point, devices can retrieve the content from the CMG. The client installation bootstrap retries the cloud distribution point for four hours before it falls back to the CMG.

    • Automatically register new Windows 10 domain joined devices with Azure Active Directory: Set to Yes or No. The default setting is Yes. This behavior is also the default in Windows 10, version 1709.

    • Enable clients to use a cloud management gateway – Set to Yes (default), or No.

  2. Deploy the client settings to the required collection of devices. Do not deploy these settings to user collections.

To confirm the device is joined to Azure AD, run dsregcmd.exe /status in a command prompt. The AzureAdjoined field in the results shows YES if the device is Azure AD-joined.

Install and register the client using Azure AD identity

To manually install the client using Azure AD identity, first review the general process on How to install clients manually.

Note

The device needs access to the internet to contact Azure AD, but doesn't need to be internet-based.

The following example shows the general structure of the command line: ccmsetup.exe /mp:<source management point> CCMHOSTNAME=<internet-based management point> SMSSiteCode=<site code> SMSMP=<initial management point> AADTENANTID=<Azure AD tenant identifier> AADCLIENTAPPID=<Azure AD client app identifier> AADRESOURCEURI=<Azure AD server app identifier>

For more information, see Client installation properties.

The /mp and CCMHOSTNAME properties specify one of the following, depending upon the scenario:

  • On-premises management point. Only specify the /mp property. The CCMHOSTNAME isn't required.
  • Cloud management gateway
  • Internet-based management point The SMSMP property specifies either the on-premises or internet-based management point.

This example uses a cloud management gateway. It substitutes sample values for each property: ccmsetup.exe /mp:https://CONTOSO.CLOUDAPP.NET/CCM_Proxy_MutualAuth/72186325152220500 CCMHOSTNAME=CONTOSO.CLOUDAPP.NET/CCM_Proxy_MutualAuth/72186325152220500 SMSSiteCode=ABC SMSMP=https://mp1.contoso.com AADTENANTID=daf4a1c2-3a0c-401b-966f-0b855d3abd1a AADCLIENTAPPID=7506ee10-f7ec-415a-b415-cd3d58790d97 AADRESOURCEURI=https://contososerver

To automate the client install using Azure AD identity via Microsoft Intune, see the process to Prepare Windows 10 devices for co-management.

Next steps

Once complete, you can continue to monitor and manage clients.