Everything you should know about Windows Autopilot!
Windows Autopilot is a combination of Microsoft Windows programs that helps in streamlining different deployment, setup, and configuration of the latest devices in companies and big firms to make sure that they are ready for office use. The Windows Autopilot makes sure that the management of devices of Windows 10 is made easy, right from initial deployment to device retirement.
With a mixture of a mobile device management solution and Azure Active Directory (AD) organizations can make sure that the devices will work properly without any intervention. Using MDM solutions that support Microsoft Windows Autopilot, organizations can enable their employees to start using devices immediately upon activation by ensuring all apps, configurations, and documents are available on the devices. Additionally, organizations can automatically add devices to directory groups by integrating Windows Autopilot with Azure AD.
Why do we need Windows Azure Autopilot?
Deploying and provisioning the Windows 10 devices that the workforce of the firm needs is one of the biggest issues IT administrators confront. Organizations can streamline device management with the aid of Windows Autopilot by:
Setting up once: In order to manually deploy Windows 10 devices, which requires activating the device, specifying device activation settings, creating user accounts, and delivering the required apps, profiles, and configuration, admins can now use Windows Autopilot. With a single setup, Windows Autopilot enables businesses to fully automate the device activation and user assignment process.
Automated distribution of corporate resources: Administrators may make sure that apps and documents are sent to enrolled devices in bulk by combining the Azure Autopilot portal with an MDM solution. This ensures that the users can use the devices directly without getting administrative assistance.
Limit the creation of administrator accounts: Windows Autopilot can be used to limit the creation of local administrator accounts on devices, ensuring that the IT team alone is in charge of these accounts’ admin permissions.
To enroll devices utilizing Microsoft Windows Autopilot, confirm that the following requirements are there in addition to the device OS being a compatible version of Windows 10:
- Licenses for Azure for each user who enroll their devices
- The Microsoft Azure portal’s app template configuration
Microsoft Azure Autopilot
Microsoft introduced Microsoft Azure, a complete public cloud computing platform, which was formerly known as Windows Azure. Consequently, it offers a wide variety of features, including computing, networking, analytics, etc. One interesting aspect of Azure is its ability to interface with a number of MDM programs that work with Windows Autopilot to make it easier to manage and deploy mobile devices inside a company.
How to Enroll Devices Using Windows Autopilot?
Utilize Windows Azure Autopilot’s many advantages by connecting it with an MDM program that accepts Windows Autopilot. Moreover, by seamlessly combining Windows Autopilot and MDM, Manage Engine’s mobile device management solution, Mobile Device Manager Plus, offers significant support to Windows Autopilot’s automation features.
Once the prerequisites for Windows Autopilot are there, follow the instructions below to automate bulk enrollment and deployment of devices:
Step 1: Go to Manage → Devices on the Windows Business Store and choose Autopilot deployment.
Step 2: Create a new Windows Autopilot deployment profile; by default, users are able to omit the next few steps when activating the device.
- Setting up Cortana, OneDrive, and OEM registration
- Setup at work or in school
- Sign-in using the company’s brand
Additionally, the following configuration options are available:
- Bypass the privacy settings
- On the device, prevent the establishment of local admin accounts.
- Leave out the End User License Agreement (EULA)
Step 3: Get the device information from your resellers, upload the CSV file with the information, and connect the Windows Autopilot deployment profile.
Step 4: The device will be accessible for user assignment on the Mobile Device Manager Plus server.
Benefits of Using Azure Autopilot
The advantages that come with using Microsoft Azure or Windows Azure Autopilot for business are as follows:
Aids in the deployment of large-scale corporate devices:
With Azure Autopilot, businesses can deploy hundreds of devices with little admin involvement, cutting down on the time needed for device configuration and provisioning.
Automatically assigning users:
Employees can have Windows Autopilot-enrolled devices automatically linked to their individual Azure accounts. Consequently, the time that it needs to distribute apps and information to devices will become lesser.
Remove the need for OS deployment and imaging:
Instead of using the time-consuming OS imaging procedure, you may use Microsoft Autopilot to make sure devices are provided with the necessary programs, content, and customizations.
When installing it, businesses have the option of adding their logo, a banner, and custom messages on the login screen to give users of the device a more tailored experience right out of the box (OOBE).