Earlier I wrote about how to configure Android Enterprise – Work Profile. This Android Enterprise mode is designed for personal-owned mobile devices. For corporate-owned devies there are two Android Enterprise modes, one for dedicated devices and one for fully managed user devices. In this blog I will show you how to configure Android Enterprise – Corporate-owned dedicated device mode within Microsoft Intune.
As the name suggests, Corporate-owned dedicated device mode is for devices without user affinity. For example, Kiosk devices and hand scanners.
Before you can start with the configuration of the Corporate-owned dedicated device mode, make sure you have the following in place;
- An Azure tenant with Microsoft Intune up and running
- A Google Account linked to Microsoft Intune like described in Step 1 of this blog
- Android test device(s)
In this blog
In this blog I will cover the following topics;
- Create an Android Enterprise Corporate-owned dedicated device enrollment profile
- Created an Azure AD Dynamic group
- Assign Managed Google Play app(s)
- Create and Assign a Restriction Profile (optional)
- Test the results
Step 1: Create an Android Enterprise Corporate-owned dedicated device enrollment profile
Let’s start with creating the Android Enterprise Corporate-owned dedicated device enrollment profile. To do this, login to the Microsoft Azure Portal.
Navigate to: Microsoft Intune > Device enrollment > Android enrollment and click Corporate-owned dedicated devices
Click the + Create profile button
Fill in a Name and optional a Description. A token will be created in the next step with an expire date. A token can be valid for maximum 90 days (Policy of Google). Select your expiration date and click Create
Click Show token.
This token is needed when enrolling the Corporate-owned dedicated devices.
Step 2: Created an Azure AD Dynamic group
Second step is to create an Azure AD Dynamic group to scope the Android devices that are enrolling with the token from step one. All policies (profiles) and applications needs to be assigned to this group.
Navigate to: Microsoft Intune > Groups > All groups and click the +New group button
Select Security as Group type. Give this group a name and description and select Dynamic Device as Membership type.
Click Dynamic device members
Create the following Simple rule;
Add devices where: enrollmentProfileName – Match – And then the name of the profile created in step 1. In my case this is AE-Kiosk.
Click Add query and Create
Step 3: Assign Managed Google Play app(s)
To publish applications to Android devices that are in Corporate-owned dedicated device mode, Google Managed apps needs to be assigned as Required to the group created in step 2. For this blog I will assign Microsoft Edge as a required application. For step-by-step instructions on how to publish Google Managed apps, see step 2 in this blog.
Step 4: Create and Assign a Restriction Profile (optional)
An Android device in Corporate-owned dedicated device mode is already pretty locked down. There is not much a user can do on the device other than starting the published applications (and make phone calls if it is a phone). However, there are some possibilities the user can do that maybe you want to block as administrator. Examples are use of the camera and performing a factory reset.
To block these functionalities, you can create and assign a restriction profile. I show you step-by-step how to do this below;
Navigate to: Microsoft Intune > Device configuration > Profiles and click +Create profile
Fill in a Name and a Description and select Device restrictions (Under Device Owner Only) as Profile type.
Click Settings and configure the settings that apply to you. For this blog I will Block the Factory reset. Click OK and Save.
Open the Assignments page
Select the group created in step 2 and click Save
Step 5: Test the results
Lets test the results by enrolling a new Android device.
Left: Tab 7 times a white space on the screen
Right: Tab Next
Left: Select the Wi-Fi you want to connect with or select Use Mobile network for setup
Right: Updates and the QR reader will be installed
Left: This is the moment where you need to scan the QR Code
Right: After you scan the QR code select I have read and agree to all of the above (if you do) and click Next
Left: Select at least End User License Agreement and tab Next
Right: The device will now be configured in Android Enterprise – Corporate-owned dedicated device mode
Left: As you can see, only some basic apps are available like the Phone, Contacts and Settings. As you also can see, the Microsoft Edge browser is installed.
Right: It is not possible for the end user to perform a Factory reset, this indicates that the Restriction policy is applied successful.