With PolicyPak MDM Settings manager you can deliver Windows 10 MDM settings using your existing Group Policy infrastructure. See this video for a quick demonstration.
PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager Using Group Policy
Jeremy Moskowitz: Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz Group Policy MVP and founder of PolicyPak software. In this video I’m going to show you how you can use PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager to deliver the new Windows 10 MDM settings to your Windows 10 Client Machines. Now, MDM is like Group Policy. It’s built into Windows and there are a bunch of settings you can deploy. The problem is, in order to use MDM settings, you have to join an MDM cloud service and pay monthly fees, but with PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager, you don’t have to.
What we’re going to show you in this video is how to use Group Policy to deliver your MDM settings. Again, let’s set the stage real fast. This machine is a Not-Domain-Joined Windows 10 Machine. If you type MDM here, you could “enroll in an MDM device management service”. You have to pay monthly fees to some cloud provider somewhere, and you’d be able to access the MDM settings. But with our stuff that means you don’t have to. In fact, if you go to this Domain-Joined Machine, this is a second machine here, and go to MDM you’ll see that there’s actually not even a way to do it if you are Domain-Joined.
So we’re going to help deliver these new Windows 10 MDM settings to your Windows 10 machines using, in this video, your existing Group Policy infrastructure. Let me show you how we do that. It’s very simple. You just go to your existing Group Policy Universe here; I’ve got a bunch of GPOs here. These are my “West Sales Desktops”. So if I wanted to create a Group Policy Object and link it here, I’ll call this “MDM Settings Manager Demo” and we’ll click “edit”. MDM Settings Manager node lives under both computer-side and user-side. You can see that there’s our PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager.
The settings we want are on the computer-side. We will right-click, “add” a “New MDM Policy” and these are the settings that are available for MDM. Microsoft is coming out with new settings all the time because Windows 10 is constantly being upgraded and when they do we supply new definitions that enable you to manage these settings. For instance, if we wanted to do something like Cortana, which would be under the system – actually, let’s see. How do I find Cortana? We’ll just search for it. Oh, it’s under “Experience”. So you can quickly find things you want to using our “Keyword” filter.
Now if we want to say to Cortana to make it configured and not allow Cortana. It’s easily done. We’ve now created an MDM Policy Setting to do that. Now remember, some MDM settings already exist in Group Policy world, but some don’t. Cortana is an example of one that does exist in Policy, but we’re going to be delivering it using MDM. Another setting that only exists in this example that I’m going to use is one for the Start Menu. If I were to go to the “Start Menu” here, the “Force Start Layout Size” – the “Force Start Size” rather, if you configure this one – maybe we want to force it to the full-screen size of start.
Now, I don’t really think you probably want to do this. I’m using it as an example that it only exists as a setting in MDM and it’s something that we can see very quickly that we’ve actually performed the job. I just want to show you that we’re doing the work. So go ahead and click “Okay” here. That’s it. We’ve locked and loaded our new Windows 10 MDM settings into an existing GPO.
Now what we’re going to do is go to our endpoint machine and let’s first show you that Cortana is available and currently working and so is the Start size – it’s the smaller Start size. What we’re going to do next is run “gpupdate”. Now that this is completed, depending on the setting, you may have to log off and log back on in order to see it. Let’s go ahead and see what we find.
Let’s take a look at Cortana. Oh, instantly boom right there, “Sorry, but your company policy prevents me from working.” If we were to look at the Start Menu size, well you can see it’s still small. But if we were to log out and then back in, and then click on the Start Menu. Boom, you can see now that setting that was delivered through Group Policy, but is really an MDM setting – both of these: the tell Cortana not to be operational and also the full size Start Menu.
Lots of settings are only available when you use MDM, but with PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager, as you can see we’re able to bridge the gap and let you use all of the MDM settings using your existing Group Policy infrastructure. Thanks so much for watching and we’ll talk to you soon.