The devices must first be registered with the Windows AutoPilot Deployment Service. This can be done manually for devices that are already owned by the company, however suppliers can also help with this. Hardware suppliers that already support Windows AutoPilot include: Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft Surface and Toshiba. In addition, various other suppliers have indicated that they will also be supporting it within the next few months. These suppliers are able to link the devices directly within the correct Azure tenant or they can provide a file which contains the correct information for single-step, self-deployment.
The second step consists of configuring and linking a profile. Amongst other things, this profile specifies the rights that can be assigned to the end user. The standard Windows 10 setup questions are also completed for the end user and are therefore no longer visible to that user.
The ICT Department no longer has to concern itself with this configuration because all steps are automated in advance by the linked profile. In principle, the device can be shipped to the end user directly, without the intervention of the ICT Department.
As soon as the end user un-boxes the device and switches it on, he/she will be asked to enter the login details. After the login details have been entered the device performs an automatic background registration in the correct Azure tenant and Unified Endpoint Management solution. As soon as the last step has been completed, the policy and the applications the user requires are installed on the device automatically. The user is kept properly informed about progress via the “Enrollment Status” page. The device is ready to use after just a few minutes!