Prerequisites for Microsoft Autopilot

10th May 2021
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Microsoft Autopilot allows businesses to streamline their purchase, set-up, deployment and upgrading of Microsoft hardware.

It enables companies to save money on postage and offer a zero-touch approach to hardware. With greater efficiency for the entire device life cycle and better management of those devices, Microsoft Autopilot can boost productivity and cyber security too.

Before your company signs up with Microsoft Autopilot, there are some requirements.

Microsoft Autopilot Software Requirements

In order to utilise the benefits of Microsoft Autopilot and start deploying devices to your team, your business must be using a version of Windows 10 semi-annual channel.

Additionally, it is essential that your business operates the Microsoft Intune MDM system. Not only is this a prerequisite for Microsoft Autopilot, but it will allow you to use all the best features these systems offer.

With Microsoft Autopilot and Microsoft Intune, you can bulk order, remotely set up and deploy devices to staff working from home, but also carefully manage devices, including BYODs. With this MDM, managers can enrol, manage restrictions, assign apps, and even remove and wipe lost or stolen devices.    

As well as Windows 10, businesses can also use Microsoft Autopilot with the following systems:

  • Windows Update for Business
  • Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Pro Education
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 2019 LTSC

Microsoft Autopilot Network Prerequisites

If you have the required software to enrol in Microsoft Autopilot, you will need to ensure the correct network settings too.

To ensure Microsoft Autopilot functions correctly, installation of enterprise Microsoft 365 apps may be required as part of your Intune device configuration.

You must also validate your credentials by the Azure Active Directory. Don’t forget that devices can be joined to the Azure Active Directory. Once your credentials are authenticated, the Azure Active Directory will trigger the enrolment of your ordered devices into the Intune MDM.

Additional configuration may be required to grant access to required services in environments that:

  • have more restrictive Internet access.
  • require authentication before internet access can be obtained.

If you are looking to streamline your hardware deployment processes, we recommend you check all your network requirements to help Microsoft Autopilot run smoothly.

Microsoft Autopilot Applicable Devices

Microsoft Autopilot can be utilised to order and deploy a wide range of Microsoft compatible devices, including hardware from the following manufacturers:

  • acer
  • ASUS
  • Dell
  • Dymabook
  • Fujitsu
  • Getac
  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • NEC
  • Panasonic
  • Positivio
  • Microsoft Surface

Once you have checked the required prerequisites, it is simple to get started with Microsoft Autopilot. It can revolutionise the way your business purchases hardware and ships it to employees. Hardsoft are a trusted, authorised reseller of Microsoft devices and can advise on how to implement Microsoft Autopilot.

Now that more staff are working from home during the pandemic, or embracing hybrid working, Microsoft Autopilot’s deployment and set up features can make work much easier. Staff can safely access the hardware they need. Their devices are ready to use straight out of the box, thanks to the remote set up. Microsoft Autopilot can significantly increase efficiency and save on postage costs and your IT department’s labour.