Implement Modern Management, a new way to manage Windows 10 and Office 365 in the cloud with Citrix XenMobile.

My daughter is a junior in high school and is preparing to make the leap to college soon. I’ve been stressing about how I will help “manage” her life to ensure she’s safe, well-fed, and hangs out with the right crowd (don’t even get me started on figuring out how to pay for it)! At home, I have much of it under control with door locks/alarms, meals together, and the ability to meet her friends. When she’s away at college, I’ll need to figure out how to do those things remotely.

There are parallels here to the move to Modern Management of Windows 10 devices. Devices may no longer be issued from an office location, and regularly check in on the LAN to have updates/polices applied, etc. Devices won’t be used and stored in secure physical locations and will be subject to loss or theft. They will be outside of the on-premises network behind the DMZ, so their domain password won’t be enough to ensure and guard their identity.

XenMobile has had several Windows 10 MDM features for a long time, such as polices to configure the native mobile email client to integrate with Exchange, set a device passcode and policy parameters, configure network settings, restrict a variety of device settings (network, system, privacy, etc.), authenticate, configure proxy server integration settings, or determine Win10 device health.

Now XenMobile, a leading Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution, is leading the way to Modern Management by implementing a broad spectrum of features to support Windows 10 endpoints to reduce cost, increase security, and improve the end user experience. In an upcoming series of blog posts based on the following topics, we’ll explore the benefits of those features and how XenMobile implements them while we continue to add to the list with an aggressive roadmap to efficiently manage Windows 10 endpoints.

Connectivity Management – learn how to configure and manage Windows 10 devices

  • Azure Active Directory (AAD) enrollment
  • Custom XML VPN
  • Custom XML WiFi

Security & Compliance – learn the benefits of layered security for modern endpoints

  • Device Health Attestation
  • BitLocker management
  • Device Guard

OS Updates – learn how to manage the distribution of Windows 10 updates

  • Windows Update Management
  • Windows Update Management with WSUS integration
  • Windows Update during business hours & bandwidth controls

OS Customization – learn how to personalize managed Windows 10 endpoints

  • Custom XML XenMobile Windows10 Enterprise branding background
  • Custom XML XenMobile Windows 10 Enterprise lock screen image.
  • Custom XML XenMobile Win10 Personalization

App Management and Distribution – distribute MS business apps to managed devices

  • Distribute UWP Enterprise Apps through Microsoft Store for Business or CloudHouse
  • Distribute Win32 MSI (Receiver and Office 365)
  • Custom XML Distribute Office 365 by MS CDN

App Configuration – implement Microsoft Windows 10 Admin app policy templates

  • Configure Citrix Receiver by ADMX policy
  • Configure Outlook 2016 by ADMX policy
  • Configure Office 365 by ADMX policy

Since I’m on the marketing team, to ensure we keep it real, I’m going to team up with my colleague, Jeroen J.V Lebon — one of our leading EMEA system engineers and mobility evangelists — to help introduce these topics and related features to you through the ensuing blog series. Along the way we’ll also look at how you can deploy any Windows 10 MDM features with our custom XML policy and Microsoft MDM CSP reference settings. Stay tuned!!

Matt Brooks @tweetmattbrooks