Set computer name with Autopilot in Windows 1809

A quick blog post to show you that it is now possible to set computer name of an device going through the Out-of-Box experience enabled with Autopilot in Intune! This is new capabilities in Intune which is only available with Windows 10 RS5 1809. This post assume that you have an autopilot profile and that it is already assigned and in use. If not I recommend looking at the links below to get you started with Autopilot.

For more information visits these websites:

Now over to the configuration which is quite easy. Logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and go to Intune.

Navigate to Device Enrollment –> Windows Enrollment –> Deployment Profiles and choose the profile in which you want to edit in order to give new computer enrolling into AAD with Autopilot a name. If you do not have a profile, create one. Then go to settings and look for the feald which askes you to create a unique name for devices.

Select a good name-standard you wish to use for devices. In my case I opted for “RED” as prefix – “Serial number” as suffix, RED-%SERIAL%. You could also use %RAND:x% for randomization of the last numbers.

When finished click save. And you are good to go. If this is a new profile or you have not assigned it yet. Make sure to assign it to the device group you want to use this AutoPilot profile.

The end result in my case looks like this:

The Out-of-Box Autopilot experience

The name is now set to RED-55536929088

And naturally shows up correct in both Intune and ConfigMgr

Conclusion, I think this is valuable for customers and a simple litte feature that is highly requested. These small adjustments is however necessary for Autopilot to strengthen its position against traditional OSD. There are a few other nice little tricks like Hybrid AAD Join that Autopilot now can do, which will make Autopilot more compatible as OEMS etc. get more support.

Leave a comment or questions below.

/Marius

About the Author:

Marius A. Skovli
Microsoft Enterprise Client Management Evangelist with: 10+ years experience within Microsoft System Management Solutions Extensive experience across Private and Public Sector Passion for Community Driven work, volunteering within Microsoft technology Great belief that sharing experience within fellow peers is key to creating a sustainable society Strong commitment to System Center User Group Norway as co-founder and current leader I am a technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company CTGlobal. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 10 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Server (SMS) 2003 and have been working with Enterprise Client Management ever since, where i today focus on helping customers design and implement solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager and/or Enterprise Mobility Suite from Microsoft. Other parts of my work consists of speaking and presenting at different events and seminars, doing research and blog about solutions I find and products I work with. I truly believe in a strong community where knowledge and know-how is essential. Creating creative arenas where it is possible for peers to spread the word about new technologies and solutions is key and as an act on this I co-founded System Center User Group Norway (www.scug.no). SCUG is an initiative where we discuss, preach and present new technologies and solutions in the System Center Space from Microsoft. This is a free arena for everybody to join that is interested in/or enthusiastic about Microsoft Cloud Platform (Enterprise Client Management or Cloud and Datacenter). Specialties: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM2007-SCCM2012), Enterprise Mobility and Intune, Windows and Windows server deployment.

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