Desktop Analytics Configuration Step by Step Guide – Device Mgmt Portal

In this video post, you will see the Azure cloud side Azure Desktop Analytics configuration from the Device Management portal. I have a previous post which explains the configuration from SCCM Desktop Analytics (1902 Technical Preview) side.

NOTE! – Microsoft announced public preview of Desktop analytics today Check out and join public preview from the above Microsoft’s post.

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What is Desktop Analytics?

Desktop Analytics is a cloud-based service that provides insight and intelligence for you to make more informed decisions about the update readiness of your Windows and Office. It combines data from your organization with data aggregated from millions of devices connected to Microsoft cloud services.

Why Desktop Analytics

Use Desktop Analytics with Configuration Manager to:

  • Create an inventory of apps running in your organization.
  • Assess app compatibility with the latest Windows 10 feature updates.
  • Identify compatibility issues and receive mitigation suggestions based on cloud-enabled data insights.
  • Create pilot groups that represent the entire application and driver estate across a minimal set of devices.
  • Deploy Windows 10 to pilot and production-managed devices using SCCM.
  • Minimize deployment risks by monitoring the health state of your devices during and after the deployment.
  • Ensure your devices are still supported with security and feature updates status.

Prerequisites – Azure Desktop Analytics

As mentioned above today, Microsoft released Desktop Analytics in public preview mode.

This Public preview of Desktop Analytics is made available to you to test and check out the configuration for your pilot devices. More detailed explanation about technical requirements here.

  • Login with Global Administrative access and
    • Use credentials that have at least Workspace Contributors permissions.
  • We need to verify that you have one of the following license subscriptions:
    • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5; or Microsoft 365 F1, E3, or E5
    • Windows 10 Education A3 or A5; or Microsoft 365 A3 or A5
    • Windows Virtual Desktop Access E3 or E5

Configuration – Setup Azure Desktop Analytics

Following are the steps which I explained in the video to setup Desktop Analytics in Azure Device Management portal (setup Azure Desktop Analytics).

Azure Desktop Analytics
Azure Desktop Analytics

NOTE! – If you are prompted for an invitation code during the onboarding process, use: DesktopAnalyticsRocks! (Note that the code is case-sensitive and includes the !) More details here.

  • Do you have one of the supported subscriptions?
    • Yes
    • Why do I need one of these subscriptions?
      • Desktop Analytics requires one of the license subscriptions above. If you don’t have one of these subscriptions, you cannot continue set up.
  • Give users and apps access
    • In order to access Desktop Analytics, users need the ‘Desktop Analytics administrator’ (or equivalent) Directory role and workspace access.
  • Directory role management
    • Allow Desktop Analytics to manage Directory roles on your behalf
      • Yes
      • By selecting ‘Yes’, we will assign the ‘Desktop Analytics administrator’ role to Workspace owners.
  • Workspace owners
    • Users in this security group will be granted Azure owner access to the Log Analytics workspace associated with your Desktop Analytics portal. (Azure Desktop Analytics)
  • Security group: M365 Analytics Client Admins
  • Set up your workspace
    • To set up Desktop Analytics, you need an Azure subscription. Create an Azure subscription
    • This step sets the Log Analytics workspace we’ll use to store insights for devices in your organization. To use an existing workspace for Desktop Analytics, select it and Set as Desktop Analytics workspace. If you’re already using Windows Analytics, select that same workspace.
  • If you don’t see the workspace, you’d like to use with Desktop Analytics, check your subscription, Resource group and workspace permissions.
  • Select an Azure subscription.
  • Configure and enroll devices in SCCM to populate your workspace.
  • Keep your Commercial ID key handy; you may need it afterward when you configure Desktop Analytics in SCCM.
  • On the Last steps page, select Go to Desktop Analytics. The Azure portal shows the Desktop Analytics Home page.


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