We are a start-up with 11 employees and growing, and we are 100% cloud-based. We do not have, nor do we want, on-prem anything.
Those 11 employees all have company-owned laptops running Windows 10 64 bit, and all are joined to our Azure AD. But they also have a bunch of software installed by me before I ship the laptop to the user; things like Office 365, Dropbox (with nearly 1 TB of files), backup solutions, virus protection, and some custom stuff.
Today the way things work are I take delivery of a new laptop and I prep it myself by hand; first by reinstalling the OS on to new partitions, logging in as myself, and getting some system-wide stuff set up like the virus scanner.
Then I ship the laptop to the user with a long list of detailed instructions explaining how to get Office 365, Dropbox and everything else installed. I have made them an admin of the laptop, but I'd still like to have control over certain things myself.
This all works, but it's a pain and it's error prone. I'd like to use something like SCCM to build a standard image with everything all installed and set up, so that when I ship the laptop to the user they turn it on, go through a standard (but customized) out-of-box experience, and when it's all done there is nothing left for them to do but start working.
The problem I'm seeing is that SCCM requires an on-prem Active Directory deployment which, as I've said, we don't have and never want.
I'm quite certain my company isn't a Unicorn. There have got to be tons of start-ups out there that want custom OS images and enterprise-level control over the infrastructure without ever having on-prem anything. So there's got to be a way to accomplish all of the following without having on-prem anything ever:
- Deploy new software
- Monitor what software is deployed
- Deploy updates
- Install new client OSes with specific configurations
- Monitor drive space and be able to send out alerts
- Install Dropbox with custom configurations and files already downloaded to image
How can I accomplish all of this without having anything on premise?