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Chromebook management question.

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Started by Craig Wilkinson 14 Sep 2015 8:55pm () Replies (11)

Our school has previously purchased Chromebooks from a supplier with the Chrome device management as part of the package.  They are excellent and easy to use and we want to purchase 40 more.

The question is do we need the Chrome device management? It cost about $90 more per Chromebook to have it and we were wondering if it was essential.   We can pick up Chromebooks from retailers for under $300 but they don't come with the management system and I don't know if they include the Google Apps for Education licence.

Has anyone purchased multiple Chromebooks without Chrome device management? 

Any thoughts would be helpful.



  • Mark Edwards (View all users posts) 15 Sep 2015 10:35am ()

    I have to weigh in here, the management license allows you change settings through the console and push out to chromebooks, like push out apps to users.Snippet from Google Help page

    Chrome device management allows administrators to manage their organization's Chrome devices from a single place. With Chrome device management, organizations can configure Chrome features for their users, set up Chrome device access to VPNs and WiFi networks, force install Chrome apps and extensions, and more.

    Administrators can apply each setting to an organizational unit or the entire organization. Most settings provide the option of enforcing a particular configuration or letting the user choose. For example, administrators can specify a standard home page for their users or allow users to set their own home pages.

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