Mastering Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Deploy and manage Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows 365 on both physical and cloud PCs

Design and implement a secure end-to-end desktop management solution with Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

Key Features

  • Learn everything you need to know about deploying and managing Windows on physical and cloud PCs
  • Simplify remote working for cloud-managed cloud PCs via new service Windows 365
  • Benefit from the authors’ experience of managing physical endpoints and traditional virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI)

Book Description

One of the main reasons for the slow adoption of Modern Workplace solutions designed to simplify the management layer of your environment is the lack of understanding and knowledge of the product. With this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the shift to Modern Workplace, running Windows 10, Windows 11, or Windows 365.

Mastering Microsoft Endpoint Manager explains various concepts in detail to give you the clarity to plan how to use Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) and eliminate potential migration challenges beforehand. You’ll get to grips with using new services such as Windows 365 Cloud PC, Windows Autopilot, profile management, monitoring and analytics, and Universal Print. The book will take you through the latest features and new Microsoft cloud services to help you to get to grips with the fundamentals of MEM and understand which services you can manage. Whether you are talking about physical or cloud endpoints—it’s all covered.

By the end of the book, you’ll be able to set up MEM and use it to run Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows 365 efficiently.

What you will learn

  • Understand how Windows 365 Cloud PC makes the deployment of Windows in the cloud easy
  • Configure advanced policy management within MEM
  • Discover modern profile management and migration options for physical and cloud PCs
  • Harden security with baseline settings and other security best practices
  • Find troubleshooting tips and tricks for MEM, Windows 365 Cloud PC, and more
  • Discover deployment best practices for physical and cloud-managed endpoints
  • Keep up with the Microsoft community and discover a list of MVPs to follow

Who this book is for

If you are an IT professional, enterprise mobility administrator, architect, or consultant looking to learn about managing Windows on both physical and cloud endpoints using Microsoft Endpoint Manager, this book is for you.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to Microsoft 365, teaches you about keeping your resources secure while leveraging other services within Microsoft 365’s broader product suite. Understanding the fundamentals of a product is the most important factor for a successful deployment.

Chapter 2, What Is Unified Endpoint Management?, acknowledges how the basics of modern management are sometimes complicated to understand, and so you will learn about the concept of modern management and zero trust with MEM (Intune), the history, and the architectural concept to get a clear understanding of how all the devices from physical, virtual, and mobile all come together in one management console.

Chapter 3, Introducing Windows 365, teaches you everything to get started with this new Microsoft cloud service that simplifies deployment as well as your cloud PC maintenance with MEM.

Chapter 4, Deploying Windows 365, teaches you everything you need to know about how to deploy Windows 365, what the requirements are, and tips and tricks.

Chapter 5, Requirements for Microsoft Endpoint Manager, provides a clear understanding of the different requirements for MEM, from OS versions and URL firewall allow-listing to the required licenses and privileges.

Chapter 6, Windows Deployment and Management, teaches you about deploying Windows 10 Enterprise with MEM – Intune.

Chapter 7, Manager Windows Autopilot, teaches you how and when to use Autopilot to enroll Windows 10 on your physical endpoint devices. What are the recommended approaches and decisions to make beforehand? You will get to know all of this in this chapter.

Chapter 8, Application Management and Delivery, teaches best practices to deploy and manage your Microsoft 365 and line-of-business applications on your Windows 10 endpoints.

Chapter 9, Understanding Policy Management, teaches you about the different policy types, what modern policy management means, and how it works on Windows 10/11 clients compared to Group Policy.

Chapter 10, Advanced Policy Management, teaches you about the different policy options to customize and secure your Windows 10 Enterprise desktops in your environment.

Chapter 11, Office Policy Management, teaches you about the different policy options to customize and secure your Windows 10 Enterprise desktops in your environment.

Chapter 12, User Profile Management, discusses how profile management is a very important factor to ensure a good user experience. You will learn about the different Windows profile types and differences in services to offer similar experiences on different endpoint devices, for example, physical and cloud endpoints with Enterprise State Roaming and Microsoft Edge.

Chapter 13, Identity and Security Management, teaches you how to configure Azure Active Directory in the most secure way possible for your end users and IT department. You will learn what the different options to enable Azure MFA are, about BitLocker, and how to configure Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with end-to-end security-level integration in MEM – Intune.

Chapter 14, Monitoring and Endpoint Analytics, looks at how, after deploying your desktops, it’s important to ensure the performance, logon duration segmentation, and quality level of Windows and applications. You will learn in this chapter how you can achieve this with Endpoint Analytics, Productivity Score, and other monitoring capabilities of MEM.

Chapter 15, Universal Print, looks at Universal Print and how, despite businesses doing more and more things in a digital way, printing on physical paper remains important. Universal Print is a relatively new platform service on Azure that can simplify the whole printing configuration and maintenance process compared to a traditional print server environment.

Chapter 16, Troubleshooting Microsoft Endpoint Manager, teaches the most common causes and fixes of deploying Windows 10 Enterprise and other tips and tricks to unblock deployments to go smoothly. Both writers have over 2 decades of field experience in deploying Windows in many forms that they will share in this section.

Chapter 17, Troubleshooting Windows 365, teaches you about all the different troubleshooting errors of Windows 365 Cloud PC to prepare you to respond proactively to any errors that could occur while deploying cloud PCs in your environment.

Chapter 18, Community Help, shares, as the writers have a strong community background, some of the best community blogs out there; some are written by beginners, while some are by Microsoft MVPs.

More about the authors

Christiaan Brinkhoff, Christiaan Brinkhoff: Around 17 years ago, I discovered my interest in IT after replacing the existing case of my Pentium 3 personal computer for one with a transparent LED side-panel. From that moment, I found a new hobby, and I decided to study computer science to make from my hobby my job. After finishing my degree earlier than expected, I started my career as a system engineer.

Per Larsen, Works as a Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Customer Acceleration Team - Commercial Management Experiences (CMX) Engineering, where we taking learnings from Microsoft’s largest and most strategic customers back into the rest of engineering to drive improvements into the service so our customers have a continuously improving product experience. We also helps deploy and adopt Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Microsoft Intune. Per is primary focusing on Management of Windows and special devices like HoloLens 2, Surface Hub, Microsoft Teams Room System. Per is also a former MVP in Enterprise Mobility – awarded for the first time 1st July 2016 and ended when he joined Microsoft on 1st April 2018.

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