Revisiting Windows Autopilot for existing devices

Back in October, I posted a blog talking about speeding up Windows Autopilot for existing devices, with a custom task sequence template to avoid the extra sysprep generalize and specialize that happens with the default ConfigMgr task sequence template for Windows Autopilot for existing devices (now built into ConfigMgr current branch).  Based on feedback from…

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Blocking for app installation using Enrollment Status Page

When you do an Autopilot deployment, we recommend configuring the Enrollment Status Page (ESP) to block until those app installations are done – the user won’t be able to get to the desktop until the device is configured so that they can be secure and productive. But we recognize that some apps are more important…

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Trying out Windows Autopilot User-Driven Hybrid Azure AD Join

With Windows 10 1809 now available, we’ve added new scenarios to Windows Autopilot.  You can read about them in the announcement blogs: Windows Autopilot: What’s new and what’s next (overview) Deploying a kiosk using Windows Autopilot (details on self-deploying mode) Upgrade Windows 7 using Windows Autopilot in Configuration Manager (details on Windows Autopilot for existing…

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Speeding up Windows Autopilot for existing devices

At Ignite 2018, we announced Windows Autopilot for existing devices, a new feature designed to migrate devices from Windows 7 (or any other version of Windows, i.e. 8.1 or 10), Active Directory-joined and ConfigMgr-managed, to Windows 10, Azure Active Directory-joined and Intune-managed (with co-management with ConfigMgr if you so desire) leveraging the Windows Autopilot user-driven…

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A recap from Microsoft Ignite 2018

Another Ignite conference has been completed, and I’m on my way back home to sleep for as long as possible.  For those that weren’t able to attend, or for those that did attend but weren’t watching the video wall showing 12 sessions simultaneously, you can catch up via the session recordings that are available through…

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New Windows Autopilot resources available

It’s been a busy day for new Windows Autopilot resources.  First, we launched a new Windows Autopilot landing page, with high-level details about Windows Autopilot capabilities and feature (with more to be added in the future, stayed tuned).  Visit https://aka.ms/WindowsAutopilot to check it out. Next, we published a (nearly completely) new set of documentation at…

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Autopilot profile assignment using Intune

We’ve had questions over the past several months, as customers scale up with Autopilot, about how to assign an Autopilot profile to new devices, as it can get kind of tedious to have to do this manually each time you add a new batch of devices (either by uploading them yourselves, or having an OEM…

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Deploying a kiosk using Windows Autopilot

In today’s Tech Community blog, we talk about a variety of new Autopilot features.  For the Autopilot self-deploying mode, I thought it would be useful to get into more of the specifics of how to deploy a kiosk with Autopilot, where the end result is a device that is configured to automatically log in and…

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Yet another way to clean up in-box apps

Starting with Windows 10 version 1703, you can now remove provisioned in-box apps like Xbox using the MDM platform capabilities built into Windows.  (If you think you need to use this to remove Candy Crush, Pandora, etc., stop and read this blog before continuing.)  See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/mdm/enterprisemodernappmanagement-csp for the description of the “RemovePackage” method.  While ideally…

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Troubleshooting Improvements in Windows Autopilot

I wrote a couple of blogs (the basics and the more advanced scenarios) about troubleshooting Windows Autopilot late last year, which focused on the capabilities that existed at that point in time.  But there have been some enhancements since then: Registry entries, so you can see the Autopilot-related activity after the fact.  This was introduced…