Overview of Windows Autopilot

Windows Autopilot is a set of Microsoft Windows programs that help simplify and streamline the bulk deployment, setup and configuration of new Windows 10 devices in organizations to ensure they're corporate ready. Windows Autopilot facilitates the easy management of Microsoft Windows devices throughout their entire lifecycles in an organization right from initial deployment to device retirement.

With a combination of a mobile device management (MDM) solution and Azure Active Directory (AD) organizations can ensure Windows devices are ready for corporate usage with zero admin intervention. With the help of MDM solutions which supports Microsoft Windows Autopilot, organizations can facilitate their employees to start using the Windows devices immediately upon activation by ensuring all the required apps, configurations and documents are available on these devices. Further, integrating Windows Autopilot with Entra ID(formerly Azure AD) allows organizations to automatically add devices to directory groups.

Why do we need Windows Azure Autopilot?

One of the major challenges IT admins face is deploying and provisioning the Windows 10 devices required by the organization's workforce. Windows Autopilot helps organizations simplify Windows 10 device management with:

A One-time setup: With Windows Autopilot, admins no longer need to manually deploy Windows 10 devices which involves activating the device, configuring device activation settings, creating user accounts, and deploying the necessary apps, profiles and configuration. Windows Autopilot enables organizations to automate the entire device activation and user assignment process with a one-time setup.

Automated deployment of corporate resources: By integrating the Windows Azure Autopilot portal with MDM solution, admins can ensure the apps and documents are also distributed to enrolled devices in bulk. This ensures the devices can be shipped directly to the employee without requiring any admin intervention.

Restrict administrator account creationUsing Windows Autopilot can help restrict the creation of local administrator accounts on devices, ensuring only the IT team has control over admin permissions on these devices.

Windows Autopilot requirements

In addition to the device OS being a supported Windows 10 version, ensure the following Windows Autopilot requirements are met to enroll devices using Microsoft Windows Autopilot:

Microsoft Azure Autopilot

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is a comprehensive public cloud computing platform introduced by Microsoft. It provides an extensive range of capabilities such as computing, networking, analytics, etc. One noteworthy feature of Windows Azure is that it integrates with various tools that support Windows Autopilot to simplify the management and deployment of mobile devices in the organization.

How to enroll devices using Windows Autopilot?

Leverage the various benefits offered by Windows Azure Autopilot by integrating it with a solution that supports Windows Autopilot. ManageEngine's Mobile Device Manager Plus, provides extensive support to Windows Autopilot's automation capabilities, by seamlessly integrating Windows Autopilot and MDM.

To automate bulk enrollment and deployment of Windows 10 devices using Windows Autopilot, follow the steps given below once the above mentioned Windows Autopilot requirements are met:

Step 1: On the Windows Business Store, navigate to Manage -> Devices and select Autopilot deployment

Step 2: Create a new Windows Autopilot deployment profile and by default users are allowed to skip the following steps while activating the device

  • Cortana, OneDrive and OEM registration setup
  • Work or school setup
  • Sign-in experience with company brand

Additionally, the following settings can be configured:

  • Skip Privacy Settings
  • Disable local admin account creation on the device
  • Skip End User License Agreement (EULA)


configure Windows Autopilot with MDM


Step 3: Obtain the device details from your resellers, upload the CSV file containing the details and associate the Windows Autopilot deployment profile.

Step 4: The device will be enrolled and available on the Mobile Device Manager Plus server for user assignment

Refer this document for detailed steps on how to perform device enrollment using Windows Azure Autopilot.

Benefits of using Azure Autopilot

Windows Azure Autopilot or Microsoft Azure deployment provides organizations the following benefits:

  • Aids large scale enterprise device deployment: With Azure Autopilot, organizations can deploy hundreds of devices with minimal admin interaction, thereby reducing the time spent on configuring and provisioning devices
  • Automated user assignment: Employees can automatically register the devices enrolled using Windows Autopilot with their respective Azure accounts. Thus, significantly reducing the time spent on distributing the apps and content on devices.
  • Eliminate the need for OS imaging and deployment: With Microsoft Autopilot, you can ensure Windows devices are provisioned with the required apps, content and configurations instead of using the time-consuming OS imaging process.
  • Customizable branding: Organizations can optionally re-brand the login screen with the organization's logo, a banner and custom texts, while configuring Windows Autopilot and also provide the device user a customized out-of-the-box experience (OOBE).