Co-management for Windows 10 devices

With previous Windows 10 updates, you can already join a Windows 10 device to on-premises Active Directory (AD) and cloud-based Azure AD at the same time (hybrid Azure AD). Starting with Configuration Manager version 1710, co-management takes advantage of this improvement. It enables you to concurrently manage Windows 10 version 1709 devices by using both Configuration Manager and Intune.

Why co-management?

Many customers want to manage Windows 10 devices in the same way they manage mobile devices using a simplified, lower cost, cloud-based solution. However, making the transition from traditional management to modern management can be challenging.

What is co-management?

Co-management enables you to concurrently manage Windows 10 devices by using both Configuration Manager and Intune. It’s a solution that provides a bridge from traditional to modern management and gives you a path to make the transition using a phased approach.


Immediate use of the following Intune features:

How to configure co-management

There are two main paths to reach to co-management:

  • Configuration Manager provisions co-management: You enroll into Intune your Azure AD-joined Windows 10 devices that are already Configuration Manager clients.

  • Intune provisioned: For devices that are already Intune enrolled, you install the Configuration Manager client to reach a co-management state.

Configuration Manager

  • Upgrade to Configuration Manager version 1710 or later.

Azure Active Directory

  • Windows 10 devices must be joined to Azure AD. They can be either of the following types:

    • Hybrid Azure AD-joined, where the device is joined to your on-premises Active Directory and registered with your Azure Active Directory.

    • Azure AD-joined only. (This type is sometimes referred to as "cloud domain-joined")

  • Enable Windows 10 automatic enrollment.


Enable co-management


Starting in version 1802, to enable co-management, your administrative user account in Configuration Manager must be a Full Administrator with All security scopes. For more information, see Fundamentals of role-based administration.

In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Administration workspace, expand Cloud Services, and select the Co-management node. Click Configure co-management in the ribbon to open the Co-management Onboarding Wizard.

  1. On the Subscription page, click Sign In. Sign in to your Intune tenant, and then click Next.


    Make sure that the account used to sign in to your tenant has an Intune license assigned, otherwise it will fail with the error message "User not recognized".

  2. On the Enablement page, choose your Automatic enrollment into Intune setting. Copy the command line for devices already enrolled in Intune, if needed.


    Starting in version 1806, automatic enrollment isn't immediate for all clients. This behavior helps enrollment scale better for large environments. Configuration Manager randomizes enrollment based on the number of clients. For example, if your environment has 100,000 clients, when you enable this setting, enrollment occurs over several days.

  3. On the Workloads page, for each workload, choose which device group to move over for management with Intune.

  4. On the Staging page, select a device collection to be the Pilot collection. Verify the Summary and complete the wizard.

Upgrade Windows 10 client

Configure workloads to switch to Intune

The Workloads able to be transitioned to Intune article shows you how to switch specific Configuration Manager workloads to Intune. The article also has instructions on changing the device groups for which workloads are transitioned.

Compliance policies

Compliance policies define the rules and settings that a device must comply with to be considered compliant by conditional access policies. Also use compliance policies to monitor and remediate compliance issues with devices independently of conditional access. For details, see Device compliance policies.

Windows Update policies

Windows Update for Business policies let you configure deferral policies for Windows 10 feature updates or quality updates for Windows 10 devices managed directly by Windows Update for Business. For details, see Configure Windows Update for Business deferral policies.

Resource access policies

Resource access policies configure VPN, Wi-Fi, email, and certificate settings on devices. For details, see Deploy resource access profiles.

Endpoint Protection

Starting in Configuration Manager 1802, the Endpoint Protection workload can be transitioned to Intune. For more information, see Endpoint Protection for Microsoft Intune and Workloads able to be transitioned to Intune.

Device configuration

Starting in Configuration Manager 1806, the device configuration workload can be transitioned to Intune. For more information, see Create a device profile in Microsoft Intune and Workloads able to be transitioned to Intune.

Office Click-to-Run apps

Starting in Configuration Manager 1806, the Office 365 workload can be transitioned to Intune. For more information, see Workloads able to be transitioned to Intune.

Mobile apps

Starting in Configuration Manager version 1806, the mobile apps workload can be transitioned to Intune. This feature is a pre-release feature. To enable it, see Pre-release features. After you transition this workload, any available apps deployed from Intune are available in the Company Portal. Apps that you deploy from Configuration Manager are available in Software Center.

Install Configuration Manager client to the devices enrolled in Intune

When Windows 10 devices are enrolled in Intune, install the Configuration Manager client on the devices using a specific command-line to prepare the clients for co-management. Then, you enable co-management from the Configuration Manager console to start moving specific workloads to Intune for specific Windows 10 devices. For Windows 10 devices that aren't yet enrolled in Intune, use automatic enrollment in Azure to enroll the devices. For new Windows 10 devices, use Windows AutoPilot to configure the Out of Box Experience (OOBE), which includes automatic enrollment that enrolls devices in Intune.

When you use Intune to install the Configuration Manager client, enable a cloud management gateway in Configuration Manager.

Monitor co-management

The co-management dashboard helps you review machines that are co-managed in your environment. The graphs can help identify devices that might need attention.

Next steps

Prepare Windows 10 devices for co-management