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As an administrator, Chrome Device Management (CDM) is essential for managing your Google Workspace devices. CDM allows you to manage Chromebooks and other devices from a central location, making it easier to secure, monitor, and control your organisation's devices. This article will outline everything you need to know about Chrome Device Management.
What is Chrome Device Management?
Chrome Device Management is a tool developed by Google that allows administrators to manage Chromebooks and other devices from a central location. CDM is designed to make device management easier, more efficient, and more secure. By using CDM, an administrator can remotely enrol, configure, monitor, and manage devices and apply policies to ensure compliance with organisational security standards.
How Does Chrome Device Management Work?
Chrome Device Management works by using a cloud-based console that is accessible through the Google Workspace Admin Console. From this console, an administrator can manage all of the devices in their organisation. Devices are enrolled in CDM using a unique enrollment code or Active Directory integration. Once enrolled, devices can be configured with policies, applications, and extensions. Administrators can also monitor device usage, track device location, and remotely wipe a device if it is lost or stolen.
What Are the Benefits of Chrome Device Management?
Chrome Device Management provides many benefits for both administrators and users. Some of the key benefits include:
Enhanced Security 🔒
CDM provides a range of security features that ensure your devices are secure. Administrators can configure policies to ensure strong passwords, disable guest browsing, and restrict access to certain websites or applications. CDM also includes advanced security features like Verified Access, which provides that only trusted devices can access your organisation's data.
Increased Productivity 💪
CDM makes it easier for users to be productive by providing access to the applications and resources they need. Administrators can configure devices with a range of applications and extensions and can restrict access to non-work-related content. This ensures that users have what they need to be productive while also maintaining security and compliance.
Improved Management Efficiency ⌛
CDM makes it easier for administrators to manage devices, reducing the time and resources required for device management. Administrators can use a cloud-based console to manage devices from a central location and easily configure policies, applications, and extensions across multiple devices.
Here's a list of things you can do with CDM:
- Track assets: 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.
- Customise user features: Modify user settings like bookmarks and app sync across all devices and even apply custom Chrome themes.
How do I set all this up?
Well, first, you need a licence for your Chrome devices. There are four types of services, and you choose the one that best suits your organisation type. After subscribing, simply specify the number of licenses required based on how many devices need to be enrolled.
- Chrome Enterprise
- Chrome Education
- Chrome Nonprofit
There are two different durations available for Chrome Licences; Annual and Perpetual. The availability of these durations is entirely dependent 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-transferrable.
Chrome Enterprise combines Chrome OS and Chrome Browser to enable work in the cloud. Admins can easily manage users' access to data, applications, and extensions. Allowing users to work securely from anywhere, on any device. All data is kept safe in the cloud.
Perpetual Price: £119.00+vat
Annual Price: £40.00+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: £30.00+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: £30.00+vat
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Chrome Device Management is a powerful tool that provides administrators and users with various benefits. By using CDM, you can ensure that your devices are secure, your users are productive, and your management tasks are more efficient. With its range of features and ease of use, CDM is an essential tool for managing Chromebooks and other devices in your organisation.
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