Schleuniger AG engaged SoftwareONE to provide the appropriate professional support for its cloud transformation. As a Microsoft Gold Partner with more than 30 years of experience, SoftwareONE successfully advised the company and supported its technical implementation.
To meet its objectives, Schleuniger decided to implement Microsoft’s Endpoint Manager – a hybrid solution that makes it possible to manage the on-premises structure of Windows 10 devices. Cloud technology provides a simple, secure, and location-independent solution to configure Windows 10 devices without interrupting on-site processes. With Endpoint Manager as an integrated platform, the Windows environment is co-managed using Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. Registration takes place via Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and a Single Sign-On (SSO).
In addition, a VPN connection to the corporate network is no longer required, as the clients communicate directly via the cloud service provided by Microsoft Intune. This means the Cloud Management Gateway (AzureVM and Azure Storage Account) can be accessed from anywhere. Clients can thus be managed at any time and from anywhere. Finally, outsourcing update management to the cloud ensures that all apps are always up to date. Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) policies control and secure the approval of mobile devices and applications.
To ensure that the initial configuration of the mobile devices is not tied to a company location, the company uses Windows Autopilot, another cloud-based application that conveniently and quickly provides employees with a ready-to-use work device. With Windows 10 pre-installed, the device can be personalized by the end-user with a few clicks directly in the cloud and used immediately. Long trips to the company site are no longer necessary. The devices have already been included in the Windows Autopilot before delivery and can be sent directly from the device manufacturer to the relevant new employees. By eliminating the initial configuration, the company's internal IT department is significantly relieved, saving resources and concentrating on its core tasks.
Since Schleuniger still requires classic domain access despite the cloud connection, an offline domain join was provided using the Azure AD Connector. The Azure AD Connector handles all operations related to synchronizing user profiles between the on-premises and Azure Active Directory.