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Deploying Linewize Connect to School Managed Devices

This article is intended for IT Administrators.

Deploying Linewize Connect to school-managed devices is a straightforward process. This guide will walk you through the process of getting the Connect 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 is normally used to deploy the Connect for Windows agent (.MSI file) to Windows devices.

To Deploy Connect for Windows 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 wish the Connect 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 Connect 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 mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), and PC management solution. Microsoft Intune is normally used to deploy the Connect for Windows agent (.MSI file) to Windows 10 devices.

To Deploy Connect for Windows 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 mobile device management (MDM) with centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications and device settings. Jamf is normally used to deploy the Connect for Mac agent (.PKG file) and the Family Zone Connect app to macOS and iOS devices.

To Deploy Connect for Mac via Jamf Pro

Follow the JAMF documentation on Uploading a Package to Jamf Pro and Installing Packages.

To Deploy Connect for iOS via Jamf

Follow the JAMF documentation to install App Store Apps.


Google Admin Console

The Google Admin console is a central location to manage Google Workspace services. It offers cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) with centralized management of users and services. The Google Admin Console is normally used to deploy the Connect for Chrome - Education extension or Connect for Chrome - Community extension to Chromebook or Chromebox.  

To Deploy Connect for Chrome - Education via Google Admin Console

Follow the Configuring Linewize Connect for Chrome Guide.


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 mobile device management (MDM) with centralized management and configuration of operating systems, applications and device settings. Systems Manager is normally used to deploy Connect agents and apps for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows devices.

To Deploy Connect for iOS and Android via Systems Manager

Follow the Meraki documentation on Deploying Store Apps for iOS and Android.

To Deploy Connect for Mac via Systems Manager

Follow the Meraki documentation on Installing Custom Apps on Windows and Mac Devices.