Now that I have my Windows 365 Business Cloud PC setup, I wanted to take an quick look around the various components of it.
For my initial Windows 365 Business setup process, check out my previous blog post: https://chargedtech.com/windows/windows-365-business-cloud-pc-setup/
Initial Login Experience
Upon logging into my new Windows 11 Cloud PC for the first time, I was automatically signed into OneDrive for Business and Microsoft Teams which is exactly what I want. My Microsoft 365 Apps were automatically set to use Monthly Enterprise Channel. I would’ve thought by default this would be Current Channel. I have not been able to confirm why this is set to Monthly Enterprise Channel as I don’t have any existing packages deployed to it nor do I have any tenant settings set to this.
After the Cloud PC is provisioned, I was left with about 40GB of disk space of the 64GB SKU. This should be fine because my plan would be to primarily use OneDrive for Business for any document storage.
If you are a global administrator or have the Windows 365 administrator role assigned, you will have access to some additional management tools inside the windows365.microsoft.com portal.
Note: It appears that I don’t get these management options with just my global administrator account, which does not have a Windows 365 license. It looks like I would need to have a Windows 365 license still for my global administrator account to view these management capabilities.
After you login, you will see a “Your organization’s Cloud PC’s” tab. Select “Update Organization Settings” from here, and you will be provided some configuration options.
From the organization settings configuration window, you can elevate a user from a standard user to a local administrator and vice versa. This is also the area where you can choose if you want your Cloud PC to be Windows 10 or Windows 11 (default). If you change this, it will only affect newly provisioned Cloud PCs.
Within the Windows 365 (windows365.microsoft.com) portal, you are essentially provided a trimmed down version of the Microsoft 365 admin console. You are able to do things like assign licenses, reset passwords, and add or remove users.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager/Intune Enrollment
Windows 365 Business Cloud PCs are automatically Azure AD domain joined. There is no on-premises connectivity. That also means that if you are properly licensed for MEM/Intune, the device will appear in there.
Windows 365 users are provided some self-service options for their Cloud PC.
The following images show what you will see for each self-service item.
Outside of the Office Channel quirk, I really like Windows 365 as an end user solution. Everything is pretty straightforward and simple and I was able to get logged in and working quickly. I am looking forward to finding other capabilities within my new Cloud PC!