Overview of Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC

Overview of Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC

Windows 365 Enterprise was created to deliver Windows in the cloud via the Microsoft Endpoint Manager, without requiring extensive Azure or VDI knowledge. Windows 365 Enterprise helps you create Azure AD joined Cloud PCs. With this key feature, you no longer need to have an Azure subscription nor do you need to even have an on-premises Active Directory.

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Enable Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC for an Account

Before you can work with Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC desktops, you must enable Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC for the account.

Note: For new accounts, see Add an Account for details related to adding a Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC enabled account.

To enable Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC:

  1. In Nerdio Manager, at the Account level, navigate to SettingsIntegrations.

  2. In the Desktop deployment model tile, select Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC.

  3. On the confirmation pop-up window, review the information and then select OK.

Create a Network Connection for Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC

Cloud PCs require a network connection, which is a way for Microsoft to know how to AD-join the Cloud PCs.

To create a network connection for Cloud PCs:

  1. In Nerdio Manager, at the Account level, navigate to SettingsWindows 365.

  2. In the Network connections tile, select Add.

  3. Enter all the details about your AD network and select Save.

    The new network is created and displayed in the Network connections tile.

Create a Desktop Image for Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC

Microsoft requires an image, a template of sorts, to create Cloud PCs from. This is done by creating a desktop image that is Cloud PC-ready. See Overview of Desktop Images for Cloud PC for details.

Create a Provisioning Policy for Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC

A provisioning policy brings a network connection and desktop image together so that Microsoft knows how to AD-join the Cloud PC it is creating from the image. In addition, you indicate which AD users are assigned a Cloud PC by adding an AD group or groups to a provisioning policy. The members of the groups are the users that are assigned a Cloud PC.

Nerdio Manager allows you to create provisioning policies via Settings or Groups, as shown below.

Create a Provisioning Policy via Settings

Nerdio Manager allows you to create provisioning policies via Settings.

To create a provisioning policy via settings:

  1. In Nerdio Manager, at the Account level, navigate to SettingsWindows 365.

  2. In the Provisioning policies tile, select Add.

  3. Enter all the details for your provisioning policy and select OK.

    Note: Assigning groups is optional. You can create a provisioning policy without assigning groups for now and then subsequently come back here to edit the provisioning policy and add the groups.

Create a Provisioning Policy via Groups

Nerdio Manager allows you to create provisioning policies via Groups.

To create a provisioning policy via groups:

  1. In Nerdio Manager, at the Account level, navigate to Groups.

  2. Locate the group you wish to work with.

  3. From the action menu, select Manage Cloud PC.

  4. Select the Image, Network Connection, and Region, and select Confirm.

    Nerdio Manager creates a new provisioning policy.

Add a Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC Desktop

Nerdio Manager allows you to assign a new Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC desktop to a user.

To add a Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC desktop:

  1. Purchase a Windows 365 Enterprise license. You can do this through a distributor, or you can do this directly through the Microsoft 365 admin center.

  2. In Nerdio Manager, at the Account level, navigate to Users.

  3. Locate the user you wish to work with.

  4. From the action menu, select Microsoft 365.

  5. In the pop-up confirmation window, select the license and then select Confirm.

  6. Once the license assignment task completes, you can see that the Windows 365 Enterprise license is assigned to the selected user. In addition, a Cloud PC desktop is created for that user.

Access a Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC Desktop

A user can access Cloud PC desktops created for them using the Windows 365 portal.

Note: You need to know the username and password for user that you assigned the Windows 365 Enterprise license to.

To access a Windows 365 Cloud PC desktop:

  1. In a browser, navigate to https://windows365.microsoft.com.

  2. Select the Cloud PC Enterprise desktop.

Create Azure AD Joined Cloud PCs

Nerdio Manager supports Azure AD Join (AADJ) for Enterprise Cloud PCs. The Nerdio Manager portal provides the ability to create a provisioning policy using an AADJ network rather than an on-premises AD network connection.

To create an Azure AD joined Cloud PC:

  1. In Nerdio Manager, at the Account level, navigate to SettingsIntegrations.

  2. Confirm that Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PC is enabled. If not, enable it.

  3. Navigate to SettingsWindows 365.

  4. In the Network connections tile, select Add.

  5. Enter all the details about your AD network and select Save.

    Note: Be sure that AD Configuration is set to Azure Active Directory.

  6. Navigate to SettingsWindows 365.

  7. In the Provisioning policies tile, select Add.

  8. Enter the provisioning policy details and select OK.

    Notes:

    • Network Connection must be the new network you just created.

    • Groups must be All Users.

  9. Optionally, in the Azure portal, you can review the changes to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

    • Navigate to Windows 365On-premises network connection blade to check the network.

    • Navigate to the Provisioning policies blade to check the policy.

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