What is Chrome Device Management and why is it important? Device management simply means managing the applications, access, security, and data of the devices used by employees at organisations of all sizes.
As well as covering G Suite’s Chrome Device Management solution below, our previous blog addressed the ever-growing importance of Mobile Device Management, which is also included in G Suite and can be accessed here.
Chrome Device Management
Chromebooks and Chrome devices are Google’s vision for providing cost effective, easy to use and highly secure computing devices. Pre-loaded with Google Apps straight out of the box, organisations can maximize impact, while saving time and resources.
You can manage Chromebooks and other Chrome devices from a cloud-based Admin console (the same console used to manage G Suite). The console allows admins to enforce policies, set up Chrome features, provide access to your internal VPNs and Wi-Fi networks, automatically deploy approved Chrome apps and extensions, and more.
The concept behind Chrome devices is simple — to create safe, accessible, and affordable devices. To improve user privacy and security, all Chrome devices are automatically updated to provide virus protection, encryption and safe browsing.
A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS. Always up-to-date, highly secure, cost-effective and lightning fast.
Google’s version of a desktop for cloud workers – just plug in your own monitor, keyboard and mouse.
A dongle running Chrome OS. When placed in the HDMI port of a TV or a monitor, the display can function as a computer or be used for digital signage.
The Admin Console simplifies and streamlines the deployment and control of users and apps across a fleet of Chrome Devices. Within the console, administrators have access to 220+ policies to apply to a fleet of devices and allows them to control who can use them, what users can do on them and what the user experience will be as users are interacting with the devices.
You can make Wi-Fi and proxy settings, pre-install apps and extensions, limit access to authorized users, and much more. Create custom settings for different user groups, such as teachers and students, or full-time employees and temporary staff members.
You can dedicate Chrome devices as purpose-built kiosk apps. These can be used for digital signage, student testing or a point-of-sale kiosk in a store. You can also control managed guest session devices, which people can share without using an account. These are useful in a library, internet cafe, or business center.
Assign devices to users and get configuration and usage reports.
Pre-install and block apps
Blacklist, whitelist, or pre-install apps, extensions and URLs.
Create user groups
Apply policies, apps, and settings to different sets of users.
Control user access
Admins can prevent users from outside the organisation’s domain from logging in, disable Guest Mode and even designate the specific users that can use a Chromebook.
Configure network access
Network and proxy settings can be configured to simplify the setup process for new users, allowing them to get up and running and ensure they’re protected by web filters and firewalls.
Customize user features
Modify user settings like bookmarks and app sync across all devices and even apply custom Chrome themes.
Administrators can access the console by logging in to their Chrome account from any Chrome device.
New features and tools are always being added to the admin console and to increase functionality and become available to customers automatically as they are released.
To manage Chrome devices, you first need to acquire a Chrome Licence. There are 4 types of services, and you choose the one that best suits your organization type. After subscribing, simply specify the number of licenses required, based on how many devices need to be enrolled.
- Chrome Enterprise
- Chrome Embedded (Kiosk)
- Chrome Education
- Chrome Nonprofit
There are two different durations available for Chrome Licences; Annual and Perpetual. The availability of these durations is entirely dependant on the licence type.
Annual – Bought per subscription term and can be renewed when the term ends.
Perpetual – Covers the life of the device it’s enrolled to – non-transferable.
Chrome Enterprise combines Chrome OS and Chrome Browser to enable work in the cloud. Admins can manage users’ access to data, applications, and extensions with ease. Allowing users to work securely from anywhere, on any device. All data is kept safe in the cloud.
Perpetual Price: £93.00+vat
Annual Price: £33.91+vat
Chrome Embedded (Kiosk)
This Chrome licence is ideal for managing digital signage and point-of-sale systems in stores, this is because it allows admins to have full access to the settings for all devices and can be updated en-masse whenever required to display new promotions.
Annual Price: £20.00+vat
As an educational institute, you receive discounted access to Chrome licenses and can easily manage your students’ learning experience on Chrome devices and tools like Google Classroom.
Perpetual Price: £19.00+vat
As a nonprofit, you also receive discounted access to Chrome licenses to allow control of user access, customisation of features, configuration of network access, and more.
Perpetual Price: £19.00+vat
As official Google Cloud Partners, Cobry has deployed G Suite and configured Chrome Device Management policies for organisations of all sizes throughout Scotland and across Europe.
If your organisation is considering making the move to G Suite, or has already set up their account but would like some help with Chrome Device Management, the purchasing of Chrome Licences or any other aspects of G Suite, please get in touch via the details below – we would be delighted to have a chat.
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