BYOD Enhancements with Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2
In this episode, a follow-up to TDP Episode 3, Frank and Alfred explore the added BYOD enhancements with Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. With such an emphasis on IT providing anytime, anywhere work options for their users these features are more crucial than ever. Stephen L Rose does a great summery on this blog on Springboard.
The first BYOD Enhancement is Workplace Join as described in this step by step guide provided by Matt Hester or this step by step guide with PowerShell provided by Keith Mayer.. This new feature provides a middle ground for non-joined and domain joined computers. This feature also requires ADFS which is quickly implemented on Server 2012 R2. Once completed, this enables several other BYOD features.
Once we provide access to users with Workplace Join, we can then enable access to a folder which synchronises user data to the corporate data centre. This feature also enables administrators to have dynamic access control. Check out how to get it done on Technet.
Web Application Proxy
Since we already have ADFS implemented, Web Application Proxy is able to provided external access to web apps and utilises ADFS to control access. This powerful BYOD enhancement is brand new to Windows Server 2012 R2 and replaces AD FS Proxy Service.
NFC Tap to Pair and WiFi Direct Printing
It would be easy to overlook these two new features, but a smart IT admin will recognise the major benefit these can provide where users are brining non domain joined devices into the office. This isn’t just a BYOD enhancement, NFC Tap to Pair lets you connect to a printer without needed to search around your network to locate printers. Do you need special printers? Nope, just add a programmable NFC tag on your printer and your good to go. Kevin Ledman gives us some easy PowerShell commands on this blog post. Quite handy. Combine that with WiFi direct printing, which gives users the ability to connect and print wirelessly to printers without requiring a connection to an infrastructure WiFi connection.