During our Windows Insider presentation at Microsoft Ignite, we introduced an easier way for IT pros to manage Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds across their organization. Instead of registering each user and device for Insider Preview builds, IT administrators can now register their entire organization in the program and manage builds centrally across multiple devices. This can now be done through two new Group Policies that we’re adding in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Here’s how it works:
- Register your company’s domain through our Windows Insider Program website. Note: You’ll need to be registered as a Windows Insider using your work Azure Active Directory (AAD) account, and this account must be assigned a Global Admin role to use this setup.
- Make sure the devices you want to manage all have the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) installed.
- Open the Local Group Policy Editor on any of the devices you want to manage Insider Preview builds for.
- Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and make sure that Allow Telemetry is set to a value of 2 or higher. This is required for the new Group Policies to work.
- Next, go to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business.
- For the first policy, you’ll need to set the Manage Preview Builds policy to enable flighting on the device.This policy replaces a similar policy in the Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703) called Toggle User Control Over Insider Builds and includes one additional option to Disable preview builds once the next release is public. By choosing this option, IT admins can keep devices in their organization from receiving new Insider Preview builds after a new feature update is released, putting them in control over when these devices start taking Insider Preview builds for the next feature update of Windows 10.
- Next, configure the second policy Select when Preview builds and Features Updates are received to choose which ring you want the device to install builds from and whether or not you want to defer installing Insider Preview builds for a set number of days or pause until a certain date.
- After adjusting these two policies, your PC will install the latest Insider Preview build available based on which ring you’ve chosen and when you want the Insider Preview builds to install. To change these settings, just disable the polices or adjust their settings as needed.
As with other Group Policies, these policies can be set server-side using the Group Policy Management Console. And bonus, you can track all feedback on Insider Preview builds from your users (including those who registered individually using their AAD accounts) directly through the Feedback Hub. Just use the My Organization filter.
Give these new features a try and discover just how easy it is to set up the Windows Insider Program inside your organization.