Windows Autopilot is a collection of technologies used to set up and pre-configure new devices. It gets them ready for productive use, and can also help reset, repurpose, and recover devices, if necessary. Normally, technicians spend significant time building and customizing images that will later be deployed to devices. Autopilot introduces a completely modern approach. It simplifies the process of endpoint privilege management, and also allows the rollout of Microsoft Endpoint Manager into systems coming directly from top manufacturers like Dell and HP. Then, when users log in for the very first time, their systems will be set up to register with Azure AD and join Intune/SCCM to push all the organization’s applications and policies to the device. Just some exciting features enable the ability to:
- Automatically join devices to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) or Active Directory (via Hybrid Azure AD Join).
- Auto-enroll devices into MDM services, such as Microsoft Intune.
- Restrict the Administrator account creation.
- Create, as well as auto-assign devices to configuration groups based on a device’s profile.
- Customize OOBE content specific to the organization.
Existing devices can also be quickly prepared for a new user with Windows Autopilot Reset. As such, the Reset capability is extremely useful in break/fix scenarios to quickly bring a device back to a business-ready state. It is a real time-saver compared to purchasing devices, configuring them internally, and then sending them out to users.