Google Device Management for Windows.

In organizations that use both Google Workspace for email, collaboration, and cloud services and also have Windows devices in their network, Google Device Management can be utilized to enhance device security, streamline management tasks, and provide a more unified device management experience. This is especially useful in a hybrid environment where Windows and Google services coexist.

Key Features and Benefits

Single Console Management: Google Device Management provides a single console for administrators to manage user accounts, access controls, and policies across Windows devices, Android devices, and Chrome OS devices. This streamlines management tasks and reduces complexity.
User Authentication: Google’s identity and access management tools can be integrated with Windows devices, allowing users to log in with their Google Workspace credentials. This simplifies user access and improves security through multi-factor authentication.
Endpoint Security: You can monitor the security status of Windows devices, such as antivirus and firewall status, through the Google Device Management console. This helps identify and address security vulnerabilities.
Integration with Google Workspace: Google Device Management seamlessly integrates with other Google Workspace services, making it easier to enforce policies, manage access, and ensure a consistent user experience across Windows and Google Workspace applications.
Security Policies: You can enforce security policies on Windows devices using Google’s management tools. This includes enforcing strong passwords, enabling device encryption, and remotely wiping a device if it’s lost or stolen.
Application Management: Admins can manage and distribute applications to Windows devices through Google Device Management. This includes pushing out software updates, ensuring that necessary apps are installed, and removing unauthorized software.

Requirements

The following are the requirements to enable Windows management in Google Workspace:
  • A Google Workspace or Cloud Identity license that supports Windows device management.
  • Windows 10 Pro, Pro for Workstations, Enterprise, or Education, version 1803 or later.
  • Administrator privileges on the Windows 10 device.
If you are using Google Credential Provider for Windows (GCPW), you must also meet the following requirements:
  • Chrome Browser version 81 or later (stable version), installed with admin privileges.
  • Available disk space for Google Chrome (100 MB) and GCPW (3 MB).

The End State

Once you have enabled Google Device Management (GDM) for Windows on your computers, the following end state will be achieved:
  • Your Windows devices will be enrolled in Google Workspace, and you will be able to manage them remotely from the Google Admin console.
  • You will be able to configure and enforce Windows settings for your organization’s devices, such as security policies, app permissions, and device restrictions.
  • You will be able to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices.
  • You will be able to view reports on device usage and compliance.
Here are some specific examples of what you can do with GDM for Windows:
  • You can require all devices to have a strong password and to enable two-factor authentication.
  • You can block certain apps from being installed or used.
  • You can prevent users from changing certain settings, such as the date and time or the default browser.
  • You can remotely wipe a lost or stolen device to protect your organization’s data.
  • You can view reports on which devices are running the latest security patches and which devices are out of compliance with your organization’s policies.
Overall, GDM for Windows gives you a powerful suite of tools to manage and secure your organization’s Windows devices.