Windows 365 Enterprise offers several options for provisioning Cloud PCs automatically. These do not require complex technical skill sets that are typically required to deploy similar virtualization environments. Windows 365 offers unparalleled flexibility for organizations to manage their Cloud PC users, deployment locations, and lifecycles. Many organizations with diverse workforces operating remotely require multiple provisioning policies. In this article on the different scenarios for provisioning Windows 365 Cloud PC, we will review some of the most common considerations needed for initial user provisioning and how to manage the provisioning policies.
How To Provision Windows 365 Cloud PC By Location?
Windows 365 Cloud PC can be provisioned based on location using an on-premises network connection (OPNC). With this method, the Microsoft Endpoint Manager connects with the network, and the Cloud PCs can join the existing domain, and provide users access to the resources they need. The Cloud PCs should be deployed in proximity to the user’s primary working location for minimizing latency and optimizing user experience.
If all users in different geographies require Cloud PCs, the vNET must have a line of sight to a domain controller for domain join, and the DNS settings must be updated on the new vNET. This can be done either by configuring the vNET peering back to the main site with the domain controller or by deploying a domain controller in that site.
How To Use User Personas for Windows 365 Cloud PC Deployment?
Some enterprises may have to use different provisioning policies for users based on their roles or personas. In scenarios in which certain business apps may not be useful for all users, Cloud PCs may have to be personalized for specific user profiles. This deployment is possible by combining multiple provisioning policies with dynamic groups and assigning appropriate apps and configuring the setting for the dynamic groups.
For example, if users in the Finance team require Cloud PCs, admins can create a provisioning policy for the Finance users and create a dynamic device group with Cloud PCs. Apps can then be assigned to this policy, and when new users are added to the group, Cloud PCs will automatically be provisioned with appropriate apps.
How to Provision Multiple Windows 365 Cloud PCs for Users?
Windows 365 supports scenarios in which the same user can be assigned multiple Cloud PCs. However, these Cloud PCs must belong to different license SKUs. If a user has several assigned licenses, the Cloud PCs will be provisioned based on the first assigned policy. If a policy that targets the user is modified later, the settings of the most recently changed policy will be used for configuration.
How to Update Windows 365 Cloud PC Provisioning Policies and Move Users Between Them?
Enterprises often need to use custom Cloud PC images for which the updates have to be managed using a test group of users or for all Cloud PC users in the organization. This will require admins to reprovision a single Cloud PC or all the Cloud PCs using the Graph API for Cloud PC to ensure that the latest policies are used. If a user is moving to another geography, the existing Cloud PC will be placed in a grace period of seven days to prevent accidental data loss or service.
Apps4Rent Can Help with Windows 365 Cloud PC for Enterprises
Windows 365 offers a wide range of environment options and flexibility around Cloud PC provision policies to cater to diverse scenarios. Although it is easier to provision and manage Windows 365 Cloud PC compared to other virtualization solutions, enterprises often require technical expertise to design the best implementation for their organization.
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