Alex Simons ( @Alex_A_Simons )
Director of Program Management
Microsoft Identity and Security Services Division
I'm Gunjan Jain, one of the PMs in Microsoft's Windows Server and Services team. I have been working with the Azure AD and Windows client teams to bring Enterprise State Roaming in Windows 10 to life! Today I am really thrilled to announce the public preview of the Enterprise State Roaming for Windows 10.
As you're probably aware, ' settings sync ' has existed since Windows 8 and 8.1. It allows consumers to sync OS settings and Universal Windows Platform application data across all their personal Windows devices. It uses a personal Microsoft Account and a consumer OneDrive folder in the cloud to achieve this. Enterprise State Roaming – or 'OS State Roaming' as we referred to it in the Bringing the cloud to enterprise desktops series of blog posts, well before it had a real name – brings the exact same user experience to enterprise users!
The big difference between Enterprise State Roaming and settings sync lies under the hood. As much as the settings sync feature is well loved by consumers, it does not meet many enterprise customers' needs. IT admins want to retain control of corporate data, even when an employee leaves the company. Enterprises users also want to separate work and personal data on their devices. They don't want their corporate Wi-Fi passwords syncing to the cloud along with their favorite game's high score. Enterprise State Roaming in Windows 10 solves these problems for corporate owned devices because data is roamed using Azure AD identities and is backed by storage in the Azure cloud.
Enterprise State Roaming enables a number of benefits for enterprise customers. Among them are:
Please note at the time of this public preview, this service is available in US and Europe regions only. We do plan to roll service out globally in the near future.
What do I need to deploy Enterprise State Roaming?
All you need to deploy Enterprise State Roaming in your organization is the following:
How do I configure Enterprise State Roaming?
Enterprise State Roaming is also easy to set up – everything can be done in the Azure Admin Portal .
Just login to the Azure Admin Portal, go to Active Directory , select the directory that you want to enable the service for, click on the Configure tab and scroll down to users may sync settings and enterprise app data.
Select All or specify users or Security Groups in the Selected field for the users you want to enable roaming for - and hit Save .
If you don't see the configuration settings, your tenant probably does not have an Azure AD Premium subscription. Click here to learn more about Azure AD Premium benefits and how to get a subscription.
If you receive an error " Unable to save Device Registration Settings " with details showing " The feature is not yet available in your region ," it is likely your tenant is not setup in one of the supported US and Europe regions.
Once you save these settings, your Windows 10 devices that are joined to Azure AD or domain joined registered with Azure AD will automatically start syncing settings through the Azure cloud using enterprise accounts.
Users can also control which settings roam between their devices using the Sync your settings page in Windows. This can be found by going to the Accounts section of the Settings app.
That's it! If you've read this far, thanks a ton for your time! We really appreciate your interest! Please give this feature a try and send us your questions and feedback.
Gunjan Jain ( @gunjanjain123 )
Senior Program Manager
Microsoft Windows Server and Services Division
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