Features and capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

The following are the primary management capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager. Each capability has its own prerequisites, and the capabilities that you want to use might influence the design and implementation of your Configuration Manager hierarchy. For example, if you want to deploy software to devices in your hierarchy, you must install the distribution point site system role.

For more information about how to plan and install Configuration Manager to support these management capabilities in your environment, see Get ready for System Center Configuration Manager.

Application management

Provides a set of tools and resources that can help you create, manage, deploy, and monitor applications to a range of different devices that you manage. Additionally, Configuration Manager provides you with tools that help you protect your company data in user's apps. See Introduction to application management.

Company resource access

Provides a set of tools and resources that enable you to give users in your organization access to data and applications from remote locations. These tools include Wi-Fi profiles, VPN profiles, certificate profiles, and conditional access to Exchange and SharePoint online. See Protect data and site infrastructure with System Center Configuration Manager and Manage access to services in System Center Configuration Manager.

Compliance settings

Provides a set of tools and resources that can help you to assess, track, and remediate the configuration compliance of client devices in the enterprise. Additionally, you can use compliance settings to configure a range of features and security settings on devices you manage. See Ensure device compliance with System Center Configuration Manager.

Endpoint Protection

Provides security, antimalware, and Windows Firewall management for computers in your enterprise. See Endpoint Protection in System Center Configuration Manager.

Inventory

Provides a set of tools to help identify and monitor assets:

Mobile device management with Microsoft Intune

You can use Configuration Manager to manage iOS, Android (including Samsung KNOX Standard), Windows Phone, and Windows devices by using the Microsoft Intune service over the Internet.

Although you use the Intune service, management tasks are completed by using the service connection point site system role available through the Configuration Manager console. See Hybrid mobile device management (MDM) with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune.

On-premises Mobile Device Management

Enrolls and manages PCs and mobile devices by using the on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure and management functionality built into the device platforms (instead of relying on a separately installed Configuration Manager client). Currently supports managing Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile devices. See Manage mobile devices with on-premises infrastructure in System Center Configuration Manager.

Operating system deployment

Provides a tool to create operating system images. You can then use these images to deploy the operating systems to computers, by using PXE boot or bootable media such as a CD set, DVD, or USB flash drives. Note that this applies to computers that are managed by Configuration Manager, as well as unmanaged computers. See Introduction to operating system deployment in System Center Configuration Manager.

Power management

Provides a set of tools and resources that you can use to manage and monitor the power consumption of client computers in the enterprise. See Introduction to power management in System Center Configuration Manager.

Queries

Provides a tool to retrieve information about resources in your hierarchy and information about inventory data and status messages. You can then use this information for reporting, or for defining collections of devices or users for software deployment and configuration settings. See Introduction to queries in System Center Configuration Manager.

Remote connection profiles

Provides a set of tools and resources to help you to create, deploy, and monitor remote connection settings to devices in your organization. By deploying these settings, you minimize the effort required by users to connect to their computers on the corporate network. See Working with remote connection profiles in System Center Configuration Manager.

User data and profiles configuration items

User data and profiles configuration items in Configuration Manager contain settings that can manage folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles on computers that run Windows 8 and later for users in your hierarchy. See Working with user data and profiles configuration items in System Center Configuration Manager.

Remote control

Provides tools to remotely administer client computers from the Configuration Manager console. See Introduction to remote control in System Center Configuration Manager.

Reporting

Provides a set of tools and resources that help you use the advanced reporting capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Services from the Configuration Manager console. See Introduction to reporting in System Center Configuration Manager.

Software metering

Provides tools to monitor and collect software usage data from Configuration Manager clients. See Monitor app usage with software metering in System Center Configuration Manager.

Software updates

Provides a set of tools and resources that can help you manage, deploy, and monitor software updates in the enterprise. See Introduction to software updates in System Center Configuration Manager.