How to Lock Down Windows 10 Devices for Employee or Public Use?

  • January 15, 2019

Lock Down Windows 10 Devices

Today, organizations are fast shifting from older Windows version to the more advanced options like Windows 10 devices, which are highly recommended for the values and benefits they add to businesses and organizations. The new-gen Windows version combines the already existing and useful functionalities with state-of-the-art features while ensuring security.

The much-needed transformation will empower the workforce to be faster and smarter with more productivity on the table. With an array of devices with different shapes and sizes, high-security capabilities, sound app integration, and the new level of browsing experiences, Windows 10 is conquering the workplaces globally. It is gaining popularity across businesses – small, medium or large, as they are widely deploying Windows 10 devices for their employees, or for using the devices in kiosk lockdown mode, for marketing & advertising purposes or for simple training and education purposes.

However, companies sometimes get a tough time ensuring that these Windows 10 devices are secured and are fully managed to facilitate complete utility while serving business purposes only, without any scope of misuse or data breach. It is imperative for driving total productivity, performance, accuracy, and efficiency across teams and the organization. This is where the intuitive and powerful Scalefusion Mobile Device Management for Windows 10 devices comes to the rescue. With its multiple valuable features, it can help you lock down all your Windows 10 devices with complete control from a single unified dashboard. Not only that, but you can remotely have exhaustive visibility of all your MDM-integrated Windows 10 device inventory and can also monitor, control, secure and troubleshoot from the same dashboard in real time.

Also Read: What do you know about Windows 10 Modern Management?

It also gives you options to lock the devices into single app mode or multi-app mode depending upon your requirement.

Now let’s understand the simple steps to know how to lock your Windows 10 devices for employees or public use

The basic things that you will require at the start of the procedure, are:

I. To have a Scalefusion account
II. Access to windows 10 laptop/desktop/Surface device from the Scalefusion Dashboard

After that, you need to do the following:

  1. Create Initial Windows Device Profile(s) – To get started with enrollment, the very basic thing to be done is to create a Device Profiles. It enables to group all your device policies together which can be applied to one or more devices when enrolled.

  1.  Create Enrollment Configuration – On creating Enrollment Configuration, you will get a QR Code and a URL. This QR code/URL copied in MS Edge/IE browser will start the enrollment of the enterprise mobile and other Windows 10 devices. Enrollment configuration compiles of basic rules like
    a. Device naming convention
    b. Default device profile
    c. Default license to be applied

  1. Enroll your Windows 10 Device(s) – With enrollment URL, you can enrol your Windows 10 devices either using Microsoft Edge or using Connect to Work or School App which comes already loaded on Windows 10 devices. Once the device(s) is enrolled it will start appearing on Scalefusion Dashboard under Devices section as a Managed device(s).

  1. Create & Configure Device Profile(s) – Device profile has 2 sections,a. Select Apps – You can configure your application policy from this section, like Application blacklisting wherein you can block selected windows applications to run.
    b. Select Settings – You can configure additional settings based on categories. Available sub-categories are,
    i. Branding – Branding allows you to apply home and/or lock screen wallpaper to your enterprise devices.
    ii. Wi-Fi – Choose to allow or restrict users to connect to Wi-Fi.
    iii. Edge Browser – Choose cookie policy, specify a start page URL, allow/restrict AutoFill, allow/restrict pop-ups to name a few…
    iv. Email/Exchange settings – You can select the Email/Exchange Configuration(s) that you have created in Windows utility section so that they will be published to the devices in this Profile.
    v. General settings – These consists of all the generic settings which enhances the control over devices like whether to allow access to USB port, Bluetooth, to name a few.

  1. Apply the Device profile – you can apply the device profile right at the time of enrollment by following the above steps or alternatively you can apply it at the later stage as well.

Enrolling your devices into Scalefusion MDM is not only easy, but it also opens a whole new world of possibilities for you that promises to enhance employee productivity, IT efficiency and operational accuracy. The above-mentioned steps will help you enroll your device(s) and apply device profile effortlessly for your employees and executives to use, without any hassle or tension of misuse or data threat. Scalefusion makes it a cake-walk for you to lockdown & manage all your Windows 10 devices from a single dashboard – so you can better focus on your core business while it tackles your Windows 10 device management with simplicity, security and total efficiency.

About the Author

Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for Scalefusion on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.

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