New Choices in Windows* 8 Device Management White Paper
In traditional PC management, IT has full control of the devices, from procurement to retirement. The organization purchases and receives the devices directly from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Typically, IT replaces the OEM image on each device with custom images that are optimized for their environment, then sends the devices to their respective users.
After the devices are in users’ hands, IT is still responsible for updating, securing, and maintaining the images. This is done by joining the devices to an Active Directory Domain Services* (AD DS*) domain and applying Group Policy Objects and using a tool like Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager* to perform management tasks, such as hardware and software inventories, deploying applications, applying patches, and managing compliance settings. Other typical agents that IT manages for are antivirus, backup, and encryption.
For this type of management to work, the devices should be connected to the corporate network a majority of the time. Remote devices or laptops achieve this with VPN connections.
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