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8 Enrollment Methods available for Windows Devices

Jan 02, 2024 | 42Gears Team

Windows devices are ubiquitous, powering businesses and personal lives alike. If you have hundreds or even thousands of Windows devices in operation, managing them manually is very time-consuming for the IT admins. SureMDM is a one-stop shop for all your Windows device management needs. It helps you secure, monitor, and manage your entire Windows fleet and ensures complete control over devices, employee productivity, and data security. 

With SureMDM, you can manage PCs, laptops, mobile phones, printers, IoT devices, and more. You also get multiple enrollment options to choose from. Let’s explore the enrollment options for Windows in this blog. 

1. Dual Enrollment: Windows devices can be enrolled into SureMDM by leveraging the SureMDM Agent. Devices will utilize native EMM and Agent capabilities to leverage the end-to-end features of SureMDM. It enables administrators to perform advanced administrative functions.

  • Pros:
    • Quick onboarding
    • Supports a variety of use cases
    • Advanced functionalities such as application, security, and remote management are supported by this enrollment
    • Offers advanced reporting and troubleshooting capabilities
  • Cons:
    • Lacks features such as advanced defender capabilities, silent BitLocker encryption via profiles, and single sign-on (SSO) to all Entra apps, etc., which are available in Microsoft Entra joined or registered enrollment

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Enrolling Windows Devices using SureMDM Agent

2. Windows EMM Enrollment: Windows offers a native enrollment method for managing Windows devices through EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management). This involves utilizing the built-in Windows OMA-DM agent on devices. Use this approach If you are looking to configure features under Profiles in the SureMDM console. 

  • Pros:
    • Quick onboarding
    • Supports simple use cases
    • Suitable for basic MDM features
  • Cons:
    • Advanced functionalities such as application, security, and remote management are not supported by this enrollment

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Windows EMM Enrollment

3. Provisioning Package Enrollment: If you are looking for bulk enrollment, this might be the right method for you. The provisioning package (.ppkg), created with Windows Configuration Designer, packs a punch of configuration settings, letting you streamline device deployment and add devices straight to SureMDM. More powerful when used together with Dual Enrollment (via SureMDM Agent).

  • Pros:
    • Suitable for bulk enrollment of Windows devices without any end user intervention
    • This is a one-time setup 
    • Supports advanced device management features such as security, application, policy, and remote management
  • Cons:
    • Requires admin intervention to roll out devices in bulk via the Windows Configuration Designer tool

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Provisioning Package Enrollment Or, you can refer to this document: https://docs.42gears.com/suremdm/docs/SureMDM/EnrollWindowsDevicesinBulkUsingP.html 

4. Autopilot Enrollment: Windows Autopilot is a provisioning tool that simplifies and streamlines bulk deployment, setup, and configuration of new Windows devices. Autopilot Enrollment using SureMDM leverages Windows Autopilot design to deploy/manage devices from the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE) phase. More powerful when used with Dual Enrollment (via SureMDM Agent).

  • Pros:
    • Seamless onboarding with minimal end-user interaction
    • Devices can be configured and set up on the go
    • It helps in the large-scale deployment of devices
    • Supports advanced device management features such as security, application, policy, and remote management
    • Eliminates the need for an OS imaging process for provisioning and deployment
    • Hardware (for example - Motherboard) is more secure
  • Cons:
    • It requires a one-time setup activity on the Microsoft Entra Portal

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Autopilot Enrollment Or, you can refer to this document: 
https://docs.42gears.com/suremdm/docs/SureMDM/MicrosoftWindowsAutopilot.html

5. Out-Of-the-Box Experience (OOBE) Enrollment: OOBE Enrollment using SureMDM ensures that devices activated from the OOBE phase enroll into SureMDM and are also Microsoft Entra ID joined. More powerful when used with Dual Enrollment (via SureMDM Agent). 

  • Pros:
    • Seamless onboarding
    • Supports advanced device management features such as security, application, policy, and remote management
  • Cons:
    • It requires a one-time setup activity on the Microsoft Entra Portal

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: OOBE Enrollment Or, you can refer to this document: 
https://docs.42gears.com/suremdm/docs/SureMDM/MicrosoftWindowsAutopilot.html

6. Microsoft Entra Join Enrollment: Microsoft Entra Join, formerly known as Azure AD Join, is the functionality that allows the registration of enterprise-owned devices in Microsoft Entra ID. Microsoft Entra Join enrollment leverages Entra ID Join capabilities to enroll devices into SureMDM. More powerful when used with Dual Enrollment (via SureMDM Agent).

  • Pros:
    • DIY onboarding for end-users and admins
    • Supports advanced device management features such as security, application, policy, and remote management
  • Cons: 
    • It requires a one-time setup activity on the Microsoft Entra Portal

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Microsoft Entra Join enrollment Or, you can refer to this document: 
https://docs.42gears.com/suremdm/docs/SureMDM/AzureADJoinEnrollment.html

7. Microsoft Entra Registered enrollment: If your organization has a BYOD policy, this enrollment is the best for you! This method lets your employees sign in with their personal Microsoft accounts, while still granting secure access to organizational resources through a separate Microsoft Entra account. SureMDM integrates seamlessly with Entra ID join, ensuring these devices automatically enroll and are treated as personal (BYOD) for efficient management. More powerful when used with Dual Enrollment (via SureMDM Agent). 
  • Pros:
    • DIY onboarding for end-users and admins
    • Supports advanced device management features such as security, application, policy and remote management.
  • Cons:
    • It requires one-time setup activity on Microsoft Entra Portal

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Microsoft Entra Registered enrollment Or, you can refer to this document: 
https://docs.42gears.com/suremdm/docs/SureMDM/AzureADRegisteredEnrollment.html

8. Dual Enrollment via Wrapped App: Admins who intend to perform bulk enrollment can use App Wrapping to customize the SureMDM Agent and deploy it on the devices. Windows devices can be Dual Enrolled via SureMDM agent with absolutely zero intervention from the user or Admin via Wrapped app deployment.

  • Pros:
    • Requires zero intervention from the end user and admin
    • Suitable for customers moving from On-prem to Cloud deployments
    • It can be used alongside any enrollment method for a seamless experience
    • Supports advanced device management features such as security, application, policy, and remote management
  • Cons:
    • Requires wrapping of SureMDM Agent app with required settings during initial deployment

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide: Dual Enrollment via Wrapped App Or, you can refer to this document: 
https://docs.42gears.com/suremdm/docs/SureMDM/WindowsEnrollmentwithappwrapping.html

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