03: PolicyPak and MDM walk before you run

PolicyPak and MDM work awesomely together. But you should watch this video and WALK BEFORE YOU RUN with PolicyPak MDM, and try this example.. before using your MDM service to do all the work to deploy the MSI files. When you test this procedure our first, you will have a lot more of a guarantee of success !

PolicyPak and MDM walk before you run

Hi. This is Jeremy Moskowitz, former Group Policy MVP and Founder of PolicyPak Software. This video is called the Walk Before You Run With MDM video.What we’re going to do here is do a little pregame test to make sure the stuff you have is going to work great when you do this “for realsies” on your MDM server. What am I talking about?

Well, the thing is that if you try to run right away by trying to get the “PolicyPak Client-Side Extension” installed through your MDM service, trying to get your “License” file installed through your MDM service and get some “PolicyPak-XML-Examples” through your MDM service, it’s actually kind of hard to know if something is broken with the MDM service or through the transmission or our licensing file or the examples.

What we’re going to do here is I’m going to show you how to take a big step backward first just for right this second, and then you’re going to test to make sure it all works. The way we’re going to do this is we’re going to join our MDM service first. I’m going to join my AirWatch service. I actually have accounts on all three of the major guys. I’m going to just join AirWatch and just prove a point here.

I’m going to sign up as “mdmuser1@policypak.com.” You might need to have the “Email” that you get from your MDM provider. I’m going to go ahead. This is the “Server URL” that I’m told to logon to. I’ll go ahead and do that, and I’m going to join my MDM service.

Now I don’t have it set up yet, the actual PolicyPak bits to be downloaded from my MDM service. I’m going to do everything by hand first. This says to do “POLI4377.” I’ve got that in my email here. All right, “mdmuser1@policypak.com,” and here we go.

Now what’s happening is that we’ve now registered this device with your MDM service. I happen to be using VMware AirWatch for this demonstration, but this walk before you run stuff is exactly what you’re going to do no matter what your MDM service is.

Now to also show you, let’s take a look in Add or Remove Programs. If I go to “uninstall” here and I take a look, what I want to show you is that I don’t have any of the PolicyPak moving parts here yet. We’re going to pretend MDM is about to install them, but we’re going to do it ourselves.

The first thing you’re going to do is to install the “PolicyPak Client-Side Extension.” We’ve got a 64-bit and a 32-bit. You get this from the PolicyPak Portal. You should have access to the PolicyPak Portal. You’ll have all the things you would need to get to download here.

Once we get the client-side extension installed, that’s the first major piece we need to get done. And now that’s done. In real life, your MDM service will do this automatically after you join. I’m just doing it by hand to walk before I run.

The next thing we’re going to do is do the licensing. The “License” file you get from us may be a little differently named than this, but this is the general gist. You’ll install the “License” file we provide for you here. Again, in real life, your MDM service will have done this step for you.

The last thing here is the “PolicyPak-XML-Examples.” I want to tell you where you get the MDM Examples. I’ve already copied the “PolicyPak-XML-Examples” here, but I’m going to show you where I got them. This is the “PolicyPak Portal.” I’m bringing it into the camera here. You would go into the “Download Latest Manuals” section, and in the latest manuals if you look around you’re going to find “PolicyPak Examples (to be used with PP Cloud-MDM-SCCM-etc).” You’re going to download that, and inside there is going to be an XML file here called “PolicyPak-XML-Examples.”

Remember, we’ve already installed the “PolicyPak Client-Side Extension” by hand, we’ve already installed the “License” file by hand. The last thing we’re going to check now is the “PolicyPak-XML-Examples” by hand. Let’s go ahead and see what happens when we install these. Again, in real life, your MDM service will be doing this for you, but this is walking before you run.

When we click “Yes” here, all you have to do is wait ten seconds and the XML Example files will kick in and do what they’re supposed to do. The quickest one to see here is the “www.policypak.com” shortcut that we put on the desktop, but there are a couple of other things as well.

If you look at “Settings” here and you go to the “Lock screen settings” and then you traverse down to the “Screen saver settings,” we’ll also put down the “Ribbon” screensaver and lock it down. So we’re putting some Policy Preferences items and some Group Policy items here for you.

You can see this magic will only work when all the stuff is true. The reason that you’re walking before you’re running is you verified now that the “License” file we gave you for your service is actually working. All this stuff will not work unless the “License” file we gave you is actually working.

Now that you’ve walked before you’ve run, at this point now you can use the other videos we have specifically for your MDM service – if it’s Intune, if it’s MobileIron or if it’s AirWatch. You can the upload the “PolicyPak Client-Side Extension” and the “License” file and the “PolicyPak-XML-Examples” and that should be it.

If you tested one machine here just like this, it’s going to be a lot easier and work perfectly as opposed to you trying to figure out, “I don’t know what’s happening.” If you get this part working, PolicyPak is definitely working with your MDM service. It definitely is working. We wouldn’t light up and wouldn’t be working otherwise. Once you have this part straight, you can then actually run and get this stuff installed through your MDM server.

If you have any questions, you’re welcome to hit us up on the forums or the support line and we’re happy to help you out.

Thanks so very much, and we’ll talk to you soon.

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  • 26-Jun-2019