1. Benefits of using Windows Autopilot to enrol devices to Microsoft Intune
Aim: To understand when using Windows Autopilot to enrol devices to Intune instead of other enrolment methods may be beneficial.
Earlier in the Level 100 introductory and Level 200 intermediate courses, we addressed “administrator-based” bulk enrolment methods that used a provisioning package to enrol Windows devices efficiently to Intune.
Bulk enrolment methods that use a provisioning package help you join large corporate-owned devices to Azure Active Directory and Intune. Still, those methods rely on physical access to the device and typically require a USB drive to load the package that enrols each device to Intune.
However, there are situations where you may not have physical access to a device that needs to be enrolled. There are also times when you may be required to deploy thousands of devices and don’t have the manpower or infrastructure to use the provisioning package enrolment method.
As such, particularly in situations where you don’t have physical access to the Windows device that needs to be deployed or have a large number of devices to deploy, you may wish to consider using Windows Autopilot, which works by downloading the enrolment instructions you have assigned directly from Microsoft’s servers using an internet connection.
If you wipe, refresh, or reset a device to reinstall Windows, the Windows Autopilot profile will survive the wipe as the enrolment information is online, not stored on the device itself. A device registered with Windows Autopilot can still enrol to Intune after a motherboard replacement or image reinstallation.