Just like many other Windows tools, Autopilot is one of the most efficient tools developed by Microsoft. The main aim of Microsoft regarding the development of this tool is to simplify the deployment process of Windows 10 devices. This it does by removing the cost of deployment as well as eliminating the complex procedure associated with the creating, loading and managing the processes of custom images.
What can you do with Windows Autopilot?
You can achieve the following goals with Windows Autopilot:
- It allows you to join the Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) or Active Directory (via Hybrid Azure AD Join) with making any manual efforts.
- The Windows Autopilot tool enrolls you to take the benefit of Mobile Device Management services automatically. The Mobile Device Management services include Microsoft Intune which usually requires a valid subscription to an Azure AD Premium.
- Along with this, it blocks the pathway for the creation of Administrators account.
- You also get entitled for the configuration of Out-Of-Box Experience (OOBE) content which is organization-specific.
- The Autopilot tool allows you to create and auto-assign devices to configuration groups based on a device’s profile.
Comprehensive features of Windows Autopilot
Earlier the Windows users could only customize settings such as region, Language, and Keyboard in the Autopilot experience. Furthermore, they could also enter a few other credentials in the Windows 10 out-of-the-box experience. But with the latest update in the Autopilot tool, its capabilities have increased manifolds. It now offers users and IT professionals the “Self-Deploying mode” which provides the zero-touch experience.
To enjoy these features you don’t need to do much. All you need to do is, turn on the Autopilot mode while deploying Windows 10 and it will be into a fully business-ready state.
It doesn’t require any human interaction and manages and secures your device on its own while making it ready to be used by the users.
You also get the option to customize the settings of the device in such a manner that the device gets deployed on its own and the storage gets locked down a digital signage, or a shared productivity device.
Windows Autopilot reset
This can be considered to be an extension of the zero-touch experience in the deployment process of Windows 10 and takes it to the new scenario which is the reset process. In this situation, the device is being made ready to be used by a new user.
If you have the Autopilot mode turned on, you don’t need to access the device physically in order to take it into the fully business-ready state. The Autopilot makes it possible for the users to completely reset and to deploy the Intune-managed Windows 10 device again.
To make it happen, all you need to do is click on the button which is available in the Intune.
Windows Autopilot introduces a new approach from the user’s perspective. It only takes a few simple operations to make their device ready to use with the help of Autopilot. For this to happen, you just need to get connected with a network and then verify their credentials. After this, everything is self-automated.