Prepare devices

You can use both new and existing devices in Microsoft Managed Desktop.

Obtain new devices

We recommend working with one of our approved device partners. You can work with your Microsoft account contact for more help setting up a device partnership.

To obtain new devices:

  1. Review the list of currently recommended devices by filtering for Microsoft Managed Desktop in the Shop Windows Pro business devices site.
  2. Order one or a few examples of the devices you want to use with a compliant image. Ordering might require specific ordering steps.
  3. Validate the example devices.
  4. After successful validation, order the devices, working with an approved device partner.
  5. Once they've arrived, either:
  6. Get your users ready to use Microsoft Managed Desktop devices.

Reuse existing devices

Important

Check that your existing devices meet our device requirements. You can also use the downloadable readiness assessment checker to verify that a given device meets the necessary requirements.

If you reuse an existing device, you may have to reimage it. For image options, see Device images.

To reuse existing devices:

  1. Select one or a few examples of the devices you want to reuse, and then validate them.
  2. After successful validation, either:
  3. Get your users ready to use Microsoft Managed Desktop devices.

Steps to get started with Microsoft Managed Desktop

  1. Access admin portal.
  2. Add and verify admin contacts in the Admin portal.
  3. Adjust settings after enrollment.
  4. Deploy and assign the Intune Company Portal.
  5. Assign licenses.
  6. Deploy apps.
  7. Prepare devices (this article).
  8. Set up first-run experience with Autopilot and the Enrollment Status Page.
  9. Turn on user support features.
  10. Get your users ready to use devices.
  11. Get started with app control.