How to Set Up Microsoft Autopilot

19th May 2021
How to Set Up Microsoft Autopilot

Microsoft Autopilot is a collection of technologies that will make operations easier for businesses.

By having a device deployment system, companies can save time, money and increase productivity of their staff.

The autopilot system enables businesses to set up and pre-configure new devices easily and remotely.

The technology also allows companies to simply reset, repurpose and recover devices, which gives far more security, flexibility, and control of how your state-of-the-art hardware is used.

A business’ IT department can, therefore, sort out deployment and day to day management of hardware with no infrastructure to manage. These systems allow for the management of the whole device life cycle.

Microsoft Autopilot provides excellent device deployment software for all industries and business sizes.

Once enrolled, you can manage Windows 10 devices with:

• Microsoft Intune

• Windows Update for Business

• Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

How do you sign up for Microsoft Autopilot?

Microsoft Autopilot is incredibly simple to use. It works in tandem with other technologies like Microsoft Intune.

Microsoft Intune is an MDM (mobile device management) cloud-based service. By using Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Autopilot together, businesses can:

  • Order devices in bulk.
  • Send them straight to their staff wherever they are.
  • Configure and customise them remotely ready for out of the box usage.
  • Exchange devices.
  • Upgrade devices.
  • Repurpose devices.

Microsoft Intune is a prerequisite for Microsoft Autopilot, so once this MDM is setup for your business, the Autopilot features are seamless to enact.

Step 1) Prepare your devices to add to Autopilot in a csv file.

Step 2) Head to your admin centre at https://admin.microsoft.com

Step 3) On the left-hand side navigation menu select devices.

Step 4) You should see the option for Autopilot in the drop down.

Step 5) On your Autopilot page select Start Guide

Step 6) On the Upload .csv file with list of devices page, browse to a location where you have the prepared .csv file, then Open > Next. The file must have three headers:

  • Column A: Device Serial Number
  • Column B: Windows Product ID
  • Column C: Hardware Hash

You can get this information from your hardware vendor like Hardsoft.

Step 7) On the Assign a Profile page, you will be prompted to create an Autopilot profile.

A profile is a collection of settings that can be applied to a single device or to a group of devices.

The default features are required and are set automatically. The default features are:

  • Skip Cortana, OneDrive, and OEM registration.
  • Create sign-in experience with your company brand.
  • Connect your devices to Azure Active Directory accounts, and automatically enroll them to be managed by Microsoft 365 Business Premium.

On the Autopilot page, you can click the Profiles tab then Create Profile.

Step 8) Give your profile a name.

Step 9) Click Save

For more information on customising your Autopilot profile, click here: About AutoPilot Profile settings.

This profile can now be assigned to devices in your Microsoft Intune and you are all ready to go with Autopilot for deploying new devices.  

You can always pick an existing profile and apply it to new devices. The profile settings can be applied to a device or a group of devices.

For future management, simply:

Step 10) Go to the Prepare Windows page in your account.

Step 11) Choose the Devices tab.

Step 12) Select the check box next to a device name, and in the Device panel.

Step 13) Choose a profile from the Assigned profile drop-down list.

Step 14) Click Save.