What's new in hybrid mobile device management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

This article provides details on the new mobile device management (MDM) features available for hybrid deployments with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune.

Compatibility with Configuration Manager versions

Each section of this article lists hybrid features under 3 different categories. Use the following guidance to determine compatibility of the features in each category with different versions of Configuration Manager:

Feature categories Description
New in Microsoft Intune In general, all the features listed under this category should work with all Configuration Manager releases including System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager releases, since these features only require the Intune service and do not require additional functionality in Configuration Manager.
New in Configuration Manager Technical Preview All the features listed under this category only work with the specified Technical Preview release. To try out these features, you must install the Technical Preview version specified in the feature description. For more information, see Technical Preview for System Center Configuration Manager.
New in Configuration Manager (current branch) All the features listed under this category only work with the specified version of Configuration Manager (current branch), such as version 1511 or 1602. If you're using an older version of Configuration Manager for your hybrid deployment, you must upgrade to the Configuration Manager (current branch) version specified in the feature description. For more information, see Upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager.

New hybrid features in March 2017

New in Microsoft Intune

The following Intune features introduced in March 2017 work in hybrid deployments:

  • New user experience for the Company Portal app for Android

    The Company Portal app for Android has a more modern look and feel to its user interface. The notable updates are:

    • Colors: Company Portal tab headers are colored in IT-defined branding.
    • Apps: In the Apps tab, the Featured Apps and All Apps buttons are updated.
    • Search: In the Apps tab, the Search button is a floating action button.
    • Navigating Apps: All Apps view shows a tabbed view of Featured, All, and Categories for easier navigation.
    • Support: My Devices and Contact IT tabs are updated to improve readability.

    For more details about these changes, see UI updates for Intune end user apps.

  • Signing Script for Windows 10 Company Portal

    If you need to download and sideload the Windows 10 Company Portal app, you can now use a script to simplify and streamline the app-signing process for your organization. To download the script and the instructions for using it, see Microsoft Intune Signing Script for Windows 10 Company Portal on TechNet Gallery. For more details about this announcement, see Updating your Windows 10 Company Portal app on the Intune Support Team Blog.

  • Improved support for Android users based in China

    Due to the absence of the Google Play Store in China, Android devices must obtain apps from Chinese marketplaces. The Company Portal will support this workflow by redirecting Android users in China to download the Company Portal and Outlook apps from local app stores. This will improve the user experience when Conditional Access policies are enabled, both for Mobile Device Management and for Mobile Application Management. The Company Portal and Outlook apps for Android are available on the following Chinese app stores:

  • Make sure your Company Portal apps are up-to-date

    In December 2016, we released an update that enabled enforcement for multi-factor authentication (MFA) on a group of users when they enroll an iOS, Android, Windows 8.1+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ device. This feature cannot work without certain baseline versions of the Company Portal app for Android (v5.0.3419.0+) and iOS (v2.1.17+).

    Intune's management capabilities are continuously improving and many improvements have coordinated updates to the Company Portal apps on all supported platforms. As a result, we recommend that you keep the latest versions of the Company Portal apps on installed on devices to take advantage of improvements in Intune and for the best user experience.

    Tip

    Have your users set their devices to automatically update apps from the appropriate app store. If you have made the Android Company Portal app available on a network share, you can download the latest version from Microsoft Download Center.

  • Microsoft Teams is now enabled for MAM on iOS and Android

    The Microsoft Teams apps for iOS and Android are now enabled with Intune mobile app management (MAM) capabilities, so you can empower your teams to work freely across devices, while ensuring that conversations and corporate data is protected at every turn. For more details, see the Microsoft Teams announcement on the Enterprise Mobility and Security blog.

New in Configuration Manager (current branch)

The following features that were previously available in Configuration Manager Technical Preview releases are now available in hybrid deployments with Intune and Configuration Manager (current branch) version 1702.

The following additional hybrid features are also included in version 1702 of Configuration Manager (current branch):

  • Improved support for Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP)

    • You can now deploy licensed apps to devices as well as users. Depending on the apps ability to support device licensing, an appropriate license will be claimed when you deploy it, as follows:

      Configuration Manager version App supports device licensing? Deployment collection type Claimed license
      Earlier than 1702 Yes User User license
      Earlier than 1702 No User User license
      Earlier than 1702 Yes Device User license
      Earlier than 1702 No Device User license
      1702 and later Yes User User license
      1702 and later No User User license
      1702 and later Yes Device Device license
      1702 and later No Device User license
    • You can now also deploy and track apps you purchased from the iOS Volume Purchase Program for Education.

    • You can now associate multiple Apple volume-purchase program tokens with Configuration Manager.

    For more information about volume-purchased iOS apps, see Manage volume-purchased iOS apps.

  • Support for line of business apps in Windows Store for Business

    You can now sync custom line of business apps from the Windows Store for Business.

  • New Mobile Threat Defense monitoring tools

    You have now have new ways to monitor the compliance status with your Mobile Threat Defense service provider.

    For more information, see how to monitor Mobile Threat Defense compliance.

New hybrid features in February 2017

New in Microsoft Intune

The following Intune features introduced in February 2017 work in hybrid deployments:

  • Modernizing the Company Portal website

    The Company Portal website supports apps that are targeted to users who do not have managed devices. The website aligns with other Microsoft products and services by using a new contrasting color scheme, dynamic illustrations, and a "hamburger menu," which contains helpdesk contact details and information on existing managed devices. The landing page is rearranged to emphasize apps that are available to users, with carousels for Featured and Recently Updated apps. You can find before-and-after images available on the UI updates page.

  • New MDM server address for Windows devices

    The MDM server address for enrolling Windows and Windows Phone devices has changed from manage.microsoft.com to enrollment.manage.microsoft.com. Notify your user to use enrollment.manage.microsoft.com as the MDM server address if prompted for it while enrolling a Windows or and Windows Phone device. This update also requires any CNAME in DNS that redirects EnterpriseEnrollment.contoso.com to manage.microsoft.com to be replaced with a CNAME in DNS that redirects EnterpriseEnrollment.contoso.com to EnterpriseEnrollment-s.manage.microsoft.com. For additional information about this change, visit http://aka.ms/intuneenrollsvrchange.

New in Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1702

  • Android for Work Support

    You can now manage Android devices using Android for Work in hybrid MDM environments using Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1702. Supported Android devices can now be enrolled as Android for Work devices, which creates a work profile on the device to which apps approved in Play for Work can be deployed. You can also configure and deploy configuration items, compliance policies, and resource access profiles for these devices. For more information, see Android for Work support.

  • Non-Compliant Apps Compliance Settings

    You can now create non-compliant apps rules for Android and iOS apps in compliance policies. If devices have the specified applications installed, they will be marked “non-compliant” and will lose access to company resources according to conditional access policies in place. For more information Conditional access device compliance policy improvements.

  • PFX Certificate Creation and Distribution and S/MIME Support

    You can now create and deploy PFX certificates to users in a hybrid environment. These certificates can then be used for S/MIME email encryption and decryption by devices that the user has enrolled. For more information, see Create PFX certificates with S MIME support.

  • Support for additional iOS configuration settings

    You now have 42 additional iOS settings that you can configure as part of a configuration item. Most of the settings (35 in all) have been added for supervised iOS devices. For more information, see New compliance settings for iOS devices.

New hybrid features in January 2017

New in Microsoft Intune

The following Intune features introduced in January 2017 work in hybrid deployments:

  • Android 7.1.1 support

    Intune now fully supports and manages Android 7.1.1.

  • Resolve issue where iOS devices are inactive, or the admin console cannot communicate with them

    When users’ devices lose contact with Intune, you can give them new troubleshooting steps to help them regain access to company resources. See Devices are inactive, or the admin console cannot communicate with them.

New in Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1701

  • Android and iOS versions are no longer targetable in creation wizards for hybrid MDM

    Beginning in Technical Preview 1701 for hybrid mobile device management (MDM), you no longer need to target specific versions of Android and iOS when creating new policies and profiles for Intune-managed devices. With this change, hybrid deployments can provide support more quickly for new Android and iOS versions without needing a new Configuration Manager release or extension. To learn more, see Android and iOS versions are no longer targetable in creation wizards.

New hybrid features in December 2016

New in Microsoft Intune

The following Intune features introduced in Decmember 2016 work in hybrid deployments:

  • Multi-Factor authentication (MFA) on enrollment is moving to the Azure portal

    Previously, you would go to either the Intune console or the Configuration Manager console to set MFA for Intune enrollments. With this updated feature, you now login to the Microsoft Azure portal using your Intune credentials and configure MFA settings through Azure AD. To learn more, see Multi-factor authentication for Microsoft Intune.

  • Company Portal app for Android now available in China

    The Company Portal app for Android is now available in China. Due to the absence of Google Play Store in China, Android devices must obtain apps from Chinese app marketplaces. The Company Portal app for Android is available for download on the following stores:

    The Company Portal app for Android uses Google Play Services to communicate with the Microsoft Intune service. Since Google Play Services are not yet available in China, performing any of the following tasks can take up to 8 hours to complete.

    Configuration Manager Admin Console Intune Company Portal app for Android Intune Company Portal Website
    Retire/wipe (remove all data) Remove a remote device Remove device (local and remote)
    Retire/wipe (remove company data) Reset device Reset device
    New or updated app deployments Install available line-of-business apps Device passcode reset
    Remote lock
    Passcode reset

New hybrid features in November 2016

New in Microsoft Intune

The following Intune features introduced in November 2016 work in hybrid deployments:

  • New Microsoft Intune Company Portal available for Windows 10 devices

    Microsoft has released a new Company Portal app for Windows 10 devices. This app, which leverages the new Windows 10 Universal format, provides an updated user experience that is identical across all Windows 10 devices, PC and Mobile alike, while still enabling all the same functionality provided by previous Company Portal apps.

    The new app leverages platform features like single sign-on (SSO) and certificate-based authentication on Windows 10 devices. The app is available as an upgrade to the existing Windows 8.1 Company Portal and Windows Phone 8.1 Company Portal installs from the Windows Store. For more details, go to the Intune Support Team Blog.

    The new Company Portal app also displays any Windows Store for Business applications marked Available in the Configuration Manager console.

New in Configuration Manager (current branch)

The following features that were previously available in Configuration Manager Technical Preview releases are now available in hybrid deployments with Intune and Configuration Manager (current branch) version 1610.

The following additional hybrid features are also included in version 1610 of Configuration Manager (current branch):

  • Increased number of enrolled devices

    You can now enable users to enroll up to 15 devices. The previous limit was 5 devices per user.

  • Addtional security support

    In addition to Full Administrator, the following built-in security roles now have full access to items in the All Corporate-owned Devices node, including Predeclared Devices, iOS Enrollment Profiles, and Windows Enrollment Profiles:

    • Asset Manager
    • Company Resource Access Manager

    Read-only access to these areas of the Configuration Manager console is still granted to the Read-only Analyst role.

  • Auto-trigger VPN access from Windows Information Protection apps

    You can add a Windows Information Protection primary domain to Windows 10 VPN profiles that causes all associated apps to automatically trigger a VPN connection when they are run on the device. This option is only available when choosing a native connection type.

  • Conditional access for Windows 10 VPN profiles

    You can now require Windows 10 devices enrolled in Azure Active Directory to be compliant in order to have VPN access through Windows 10 VPN profiles created in the Configuration Manager console. This is possible through the new Enable conditional access for this VPN connection checkbox on the Authentication Method page in the VPN profile wizard and VPN profile properties for Windows 10 VPN profiles. This option is only available when choosing a native connection type.

    You can also specify a separate certificate for single sign-on authentication if you enable conditional access for the profile.

Notices

System Center 2012 Configuration SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager (RTM): Support for hybrid mobile device management ending on April 10, 2017

January 11, 2017

Support for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager RTM ended on July 12, 2016. Subsequently, support for these releases connecting to the Microsoft Intune service for hybrid MDM ends on April 10, 2017. After this date, hybrid MDM will stop functioning with these releases. Managed devices will essentially become unmanaged as the Intune Connector will no longer connect to the Intune service. Configuration Manager data (such as policies and applications) will not flow up to Intune and managed device data will not flow down to Configuration Manager until an upgrade takes place.

If you're running a hybrid deployment with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 or R2 RTM, we recommend that before April 10, 2017 you upgrade to Configuration Manager (current branch) or the latest supported service pack for Configuration Manager 2012 (either R2 SP1 or SP2) to avoid disruption of service.

Additional resources:

Windows Phone 8 Company Portal upload deprecated

October 25, 2016

The ability to upload a signed Company Portal app has been removed from the Configuration Manager console, as Intune support is being deprecated for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT, and support for the Windows Phone 8 Company Portal is ending in November. Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Windows RT devices that are already enrolled will continue to be supported, but enrolling additional devices with these platforms will not be supported.

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