Enroll Win 10 Laptops, Desktops & Surface Pro Tablets

Overview

With the advent of Windows 10, MDM now lets you manage any kind of Windows 10 device - be it laptop, desktop or Surface Pro tablets. The major advantage is the unified dashboard to manage all your Windows 10 devices and machines, ensuring all the requisite configurations aren't done twice - once for devices and once for machines.

Procedure

Follow the steps given below to enroll a Windows 10 machine with MDM:

Sample CSV Format

  1. The fields Serial Number, User Name, Email Address and Group Name are mandatory. All the other fields are optional. Ensure the specified group name is already created in the MDM server. If values are not provided, default values will be taken.
  2. The default values for various non-mandatory fields are: 
    Domain Name -- MDM
    Owned By -- Corporate
  3. If multiple groups are specified, the group names must be separated with a slash (/)
  4. The first line of the CSV is the column header and the columns can be in any order.
  5. Blank column values should be comma separated.
  6. If the column value contains comma, it should be specified within quotes.

Automated Enrollment for Desktop Central Users

Desktop Central is ManageEngine's unified endpoint management solution. So if you are a Desktop Central user you can enjoy the benefits of managing both the modern and legacy systems right from a single console.

MDM has further simplified the enrollment process for Windows 10 Laptops, and Surface Pros that are already managed by Desktop Central. Follow the steps given below to automate your Win 10 laptop and surface pro enrollment-

  1. Navigate to the Mobile Device Mgmt tab and select Enrollment from the left pane.
  2. Under the Windows Enrollment methods, click on Laptop and SurfacePro Enrollment.
  3. Click on Download to download the zip file titled ManageEngine_MDMLaptopEnrollment.zip. Extract the file once download is completed.
  4. Navigate to the Configurations tab on the Desktop Central console.
  5. Under Configurations, select Windows from the menu that appears when you hover over it.
  6. Select the Custom Script and then Computer.
  7. Provide a name to your Configuration.
  8. For the Execute script from option, choose Command line
  9. Enter enrollment.bat -s in the Command line text box.
  10. Click Add to add the dependency files. To find the files, navigate to the Scripts folder in the extracted zip file. The following dependency files need to be uploaded
  11. You can also choose the frequency based on your requirement.

The next step would be to select the target computers which need to be enrolled.

  1. Under Define target, you can choose the remote office or the domain for which you want to apply this configuration.
  2. Once you have selected your target systems, you can make the other changes as required.
  3. Click on either Deploy or Deploy Now.

But what happens if your organization purchases new laptops, would you have to run this configuration again for those systems? You don't have to! You can just create a Dynamic Custom group to which systems are added if they meet certain criteria.

Follow the steps given below to create a dynamic custom group:

  1. Navigate to Admin and under Global Settings select Custom Groups
  2. Click on Create new group.
  3. Enter a Group Name and under Category select Dynamic.
  4. Configure to ensure that any new Win 10 system gets added to this custom group.
  5. Click on Create Group.

Once the custom group is created, you can choose this group while defining a target for the created configuration. This will ensure that any new system that in managed by Desktop Central will automatically get enrolled with MDM.

Assigning users to the systems

Once the system is enrolled with MDM, it will be available in the Laptop and SurfacePro Enrollment page along with the rest of the mobile devices. You can complete the user assignment process as explained earlier in this document.

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