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Deploying Linewize Authentication Agent to School Managed Devices

This article is intended for IT Administrators.

Note: The Authentication Agent is supplied by a Linewize Service Delivery Engineer.

Deploying the Linewize Authentication agent to school managed devices is straightforward. This guide will walk you through the process of getting the Linewize Authentication Agent configured on your school’s device management platform.

Linewize has detailed the process for several commonly used device management platforms. If your school uses a solution not mentioned in this guide, please contact your Linewize Account Manager or Service Delivery Engineer to see if Linewize can help.

Microsoft Group Policy 

Group Policy is a feature of Microsoft Server that controls the working environment of user and computer accounts. Group Policy allows centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications, and user settings in an Active Directory environment. Group Policy can be used to deploy the Authentication Agent (.MSI file) to Windows devices.

Deploying the Authentication Agent via Group Policy Object (GPO) 

  1. Create a new GPO by opening Group Policy Management.
    1. Open the Run window (Windows Key + R).
    2. Type gpmc.msc and then select OK.
    3. Expand the Domain Forest and select the Organizational Unit you want the Authentication Agent to be added to.
    4. Right-click the Organizational Unit and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here…
    5. In the Name box type Linewize Deployment and then select OK.
    6. Right-click the Linewize Deployment Policy and then select Edit.
    7. Expand Computer Configuration > Policies > Software Settings.
    8. Right-click Software installation and then select New > Package...
    9. Specify the network path where the Authentication Agent is located, then select Open.
      Note: Ensure the file is accessible by domain users
    10. Select Assigned and then select OK. 

Microsoft Intune / Endpoint Manager

Microsoft Intune, which is a part of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, is a cloud-based MDM, mobile application management (MAM), and PC management solution. Microsoft Intune can be used to deploy the Authentication Agent (.MSI file) to Windows 10 devices.

Deploying the Authentication Agent via Microsoft Intune

Follow the Microsoft documentation to add a Windows line-of-business app to Microsoft Intune.

Jamf

Jamf is a solution to manage the setup and configuration of macOS and iOS devices. Jamf offers on-premises and cloud-based MDM with centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications and device settings. Jamf can be used to deploy the Authentication Agent (.PKG file) to macOS devices.

Deploying the Authentication Agent via Jamf Pro

Follow the JAMF documentation on uploading a package to Jamf Pro and installing packages.

Meraki Systems Manager

Cisco Meraki Systems Manager is a solution to manage the setup and configuration of Android, Chrome OS, iOS, macOS and Windows devices. Systems Manager is a cloud-based MDM with centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications and device settings. Systems Manager can be used to deploy the Authentication Agent to macOS and Windows devices.

Deploying the Authentication Agent for Mac and Mac via Systems Manager

Follow the Meraki documentation on installing custom apps on Windows and Mac devices.