Windows Autopilot is a zero-touch Windows deployment program that streamlines the bulk setup and configuration of new Windows 10 devices in organizations, to ensure they're ready to access corporate data. It simplifies the entire device lifecycle management 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) organization can ensure the devices are usage ready with zero admin intervention. With the help of MDM solutions that support Windows Autopilot, organizations can ensure the employees can start using the device immediately upon activation by ensuring all the required apps, configurations and documents are available on these devices.
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:
Ensure the following Windows Autopilot requirements are met to enroll devices using Microsoft:
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 MDM solutions that support Windows Autopilot to simplify the management and deployment of mobile devices in the organization.
Leverage the various benefits offered by Windows Azure Autopilot by integrating it with an MDM solution that supports Windows Autopilot. ManageEngine's mobile device management solution, Mobile Device Manager Plus, provides extensive support to Windows Autopilot's automation capabilities.
To automate enrollment of Windows 10 devices using Windows Autopilot, follow the steps given below:
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
Additionally, the following settings can be configured:
Step 3: Obtain the device details from your resellers, upload the CSV file containing the details and associate the 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.
Windows Azure Autopilot or Microsoft Azure deployment provides organizations the following benefits: