With the recent news that Windows On ARM isn't going to support Active Directory, the question that immediately came up was "So if this is an enterprise tablet, how will I manage it?" It turns out that while Microsoft hasn't explicitly given us an answer, it's given us enough pointers that we can put together a credible device management scenario for WOA.
And surprise, surprise, it's built around tools and technologies that enterprises are already using – and into the next generation of Windows Server and System Center. It also points to how Microsoft and its partners will be positioning WOA devices, as employee-liable hardware for use in businesses with Bring-your-own-device policies.
So how do we think it will work?
There's actually a very simple answer: the way Windows always has.
The domain model used by Active Directory isn't the only management tool Microsoft has – we've had unmanaged devices connected to Windows networks since Windows for Workgroups, and partially managed since the early days of Windows CE and Windows Mobile. So it's not surprising that the tools we'll need to manage WOA are already part of a Windows sysadmin's kit, and are most likely already being used.