If you are used to the arduous task of deployment, then you know firsthand how long it can take. Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot offers a quicker and more efficient way to deploy applications and Windows to devices.
IT professionals have been dealing with manually configuring each device within the business network for years.
For standard deployment, many companies are still using a reloading operating system with customer images.
But modern business is all about streamlining, higher productivity, being faster and more efficient with Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot; that is precisely what is offered.
Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot is designed to enable companies to deploy faster and reduce the time and money cost of doing so.
What is Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot?
When you hear the words Near Zero Touch, you know that it is a system or process that will save you time and money. Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot is precisely that, a Near Zero Touch end-to-end device management solution for Windows.
Consider your company’s standard device lifecycle management approach currently. You most likely save WIM files for each specific device and OS version. And maintaining bespoke images may be a time-consuming procedure.
Each of the images is custom-built, and already that entailed resources and labor costs. Further to this, to maintain these images, there needs to be the correct infrastructure. These images also need to be ready-to-use for each new device model that is introduced into the network.
As well as updating all of these with every Microsoft release.
But with Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot, you don’t need to factor in most of those steps again. It offers automated OS deployment and automatically joins devices with Azure AD, enrolling devices in Intune, and a single credential input.
The credential input is the only thing that isn’t automated, and why it is Near Zero Touch.
What does Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot mean for business?
In the most simple terms, a business no longer needs to buy hundreds or thousands of devices, hand them off to the IT team, have them wiped, upload the custom images, and then send them back to the workforce.
Instead, and amazingly, the IT doesn’t even need to touch or see the device. The device user can connect it to the internet, use their credentials to log in, and Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot takes over.
What are the benefits of Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot?
What makes Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot even more interesting is that it doesn’t need countless other pieces of technology or software to use, unlike many things that hit that market.
There are three main business goals achieved by using Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot.
- Reduce the number of IT staff touchpoints to save time and money.
- Incorporating user-friendliness into gadget configuration.
- Continuing to redefine cloud services by closing the hardware-cloud divide.
Within those goals sit the benefits for your business.
Ease of use for End-Users
If automation requires multiple steps and is still relatively complicated – it nullifies its usefulness. Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot has considered the end-user and minimized the requirements to two steps: connecting to the internet and logging in.
Maintain Images and Drivers
We touched on the lengthy process of creating images and how Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot removes that requirement. Keep in mind that they all need to be updated with each Microsoft update, and every one needs to be wiped too. It is an intensive process.
Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot and Intune don’t require custom images. Instead, all you need to have is the device ID in the provision stage of Intune.
Near Zero Touch
While IT will still handle the device during configuration, they don’t need to be as hands-on as previously. Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot takes provisional information from Intune, which dramatically cuts down the human requirement.
As stated above, the user will need to connect their device to the internet and log in. From that moment, Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot, in combination with Intune, takes over.
For a wholly customized out-of-the-box experience, Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot allows businesses to set preferences and will enable users to skip many of the configuration options.
This action means that workers can use the device within minutes, ultimately improving the workforce’s productivity. Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot also means that devices are compliant with all security policies immediately.
Microsoft’s Windows AutoPilot offers companies the ability to have a streamlined IT process that frees up their IT team to work on other things. The end-user can receive a device and already have everything they need to get started. It is an intelligent solution that makes running a business easier.