SCCM 2012 Infra in Azure to Manage on-premises Machines. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Friends,

    We are running SCCM 2012 SP2 and planning to move the complete infra to Azure (Cloud) to manage application and Patching deployments on-premises systems (6000 Systems ) at more than 12 locations.

    1.  Looking for your experience and guidance about running the production SCCM Infra in Azure to manage on-premises Machines.

    3. Is on-premises SCCM 2012 SP2 supported to move on Cloud or which only latest CB version supports for this scenario.

    4. Did microsoft SCCM 2012 SP2 infra supported to move exiting infra in could for supporting on-premices machines.

    5. Security point of views..Is it secure Azure based SCCM infra manage on-premises systems for deployments.

    6. Costing / Network bandwidth  point of view... Is is more costly to manage on-premises systems from Azure based SCCM infra

    I did reseach on google but there is clearlity also unable to find any official document regarding Azure support for SCCM 2012.

    Currently i have stand alone SCCM infra running with 1 PRI ,6 Secondary & 12 DP.

    SCCM Support tech

    Friday, December 8, 2017 5:29 PM

All replies

  • The best source of information is this link by Microsoft which would answer most questions. It is for Current Branch but the same applies to 2012. SCCM is supported in Azure. Just think of it as extending your data center. Or you will be doing is running your SCCM servers in IaaS virtual machines  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/understand/configuration-manager-on-azure

    You need to have the networking in place so the servers in Azure can contact the machines in your internal network. An Expressroute is recommended, or a site to site VPN. The price considerations are in the link above.
    Friday, December 8, 2017 8:06 PM
  • thanks.. Do you have information about costing.. If it is costly comparing on premises vs Azure. and how to manage controlling bandwidth.. since if content of packaging and Patching will download form Azure to on-premises clients will take heavy bandwidth.. IS there any way to control?

    SCCM architect

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:10 AM
  • You can use the azure pricing calculator to estimate the costs of the virtual machines, data transferred and the cost of an expressroute (if you don’t have one already) https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/pricing/calculator/
    Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:05 AM
  • Yes, place a DP on-prem or set your update deployments to have clients download updates from Windows Update and don't deploy the updates to your DP.

    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:19 PM
  • Do you mean to download clients update from Internet instead for DP's.? Would appreciate if you can little more explain about this.

    SCCM architect

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 5:29 PM
  • Could you please share any link to get Pro/Cons of Cloud and On-premises SCCM infra.?

    SCCM architect

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Yes. Not much more to say than what I said though. It's a simple check box on the update deployment's options that tells clients to download updates from Windows Update if they're not found on a preferred DP.

    I said another possibility is to use Windows Update for Business. I don't normally recommend this due to the lack of control that most enterprises want and need, but it does work.

    Another possibility here is to use BranchCache and/or PeerCache. This will limit the number of times the content is downloaded from the Azure based Cloud DP and enable the clients to share content amongst themselves.

    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:19 PM
  • Sorry, not to be rude with this, but if you don't the pros and cons already, how and why have you (and your organization) made the decision already to go all cloud as indicated by your initial post in this thread?

    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:27 PM
  • Thanks Jason for all your help.. There is no such standardization in the firm that why struggling to get such details..  

    Could help with the network bandwidth ( required ) calculation for SCCM server and Clients?

    SCCM architect

    Monday, December 11, 2017 1:46 PM
  • There are simply too many variables involved to calculate this ahead of time.

    You may be able to start with the cost estimation for CMG: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/clients/manage/plan-cloud-management-gateway.

    This is similar in nature traffic-wise to placing the entire site in Azure. It doesn't account for the IaaS VMs and storage you will be spinning up though so you'll need to add that in.

    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:17 PM