Technology Loaner Program - Offsite Imaging
This article provides an overview of the Offsite Imaging option available to IT units to prepare Windows laptops from the Technology Loaner Program for their faculty and staff.
University of Illinois IT Pros leveraging the Technology Loaner Program
The Technology Loaner Program (TLP) provides loaner technology for students, faculty and staff that may otherwise be unable to complete their studies and work due to technological barriers. When using the Offsite Imaging method, a TLP laptop will be shipped directly to a an IT professional's residence. Once it's received, an IT professional can image the laptop using MECM stand-alone media prior to shipping it to the user.
Note: Name your computers with either a “COVID19-” or “TLP-” prefix to avoid Endpoint Services charges for TLP computers.
Please see this article for additional details on using MECM stand-alone media: https://answers.uillinois.edu/page.php?id=101614
Assuming all went well, and your endpoint imaged successfully using MECM stand-alone media, we recommend the following post-operating system deployment (OSD) steps:
- Login as the local administrator
- Join the local network, followed by the VPN
- Bind the endpoint to Active Directory
- Login as the local administrator again
- Join the VPN
- Wait for MECM policy to apply
- This is the longest step but does not require much attention. We recommend manually updating your 'All Systems' collection's membership, as well as that of any collections the endpoint should be in due to AD Query rules, shortly after binding. Once the endpoint's object is visible, you can further right-click/'Client Notification'/'Download Computer Policy' to speed things along.
- Install additional apps if desired, as well as the BitLocker task sequence.
- Confirm that apps, policy, GPO, etc. have all been applied correctly.
- Forget the local network and shutdown.