10 ways Chrome Management Console is beneficial for your Chromebook management

Google Chromebooks are gaining traction for use in schools. Google licences with online Management Console for Chromebooks as add-ons to Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education management console have created great value for device control. The web-based management console makes it easy to setup and control a vast number of devices and users.

Control settings allow management of WiFi passwords, VPN networks, and pre-installed Chrome apps and extensions. Administrators can apply these settings and desired applications for their entire organization or to specific organizational units.
Here are 10 reasons why Chrome Management Console (CMC) is essential for your organization to effectively manage Chromebooks.
1. Setup Device Settings with Chrome Management Console
It only takes one administrator to quickly setup a number of Chromebooks all from the Chrome Management Console and just seconds for users to login to their Google account to begin using the web!
2. Pre-install and block apps
The Management Console allows the administrator of Chromebooks to pre-install apps and extensions and even blacklist or whitelist specific apps, extensions and URLs. Chromebooks can be loaded with helpful apps and extensions for its intended users and block any websites that may be unwanted during user-browsing.
3. Control User Access
This feature gives the administrator complete control over who uses the organization’s Chrome devices. Outside users can be prevented from logging onto the devices by disabling the Guest Mode feature, or even by designating specific users in your organization to be authorized to use a Chromebook.
4. Create User Groups
With the User Groups feature, different policies, pre-installed apps, and settings can be applied to different sets of users. This ensures Chromebooks are customizable for its intended group of users.
5. Configure Network Access
Setup Chromebooks’ network and security settings to securely connect your users in the Management Console. Setting up network and proxy settings makes it easy for users to connect to the web and be protected by web filters and firewalls when operating devices.
6. Customize User Features
This feature allows you to customize Chromebooks for different users with settings such as bookmarks and app sync, and even brand your devices with custom Chrome themes.
7. Many use cases beyond ordinary Business and School use
You can create a kiosk app for a single function, e.g. having customer fill out a credit application, fill out a survey in a store, or student registration information. Also, they can be used for digital signage displays. Public Session kiosks can be set up for locations, e.g. employee break room, store displays, or as a shared device in a library, where login is not needed to use the Chrome device.
8. Perpetual license
This license makes it yours forever. It is not a subscription. The price is $30 for education, $150 for commercial per device.  Also, the license is transferrable so if you need to replace old Chromebooks with new ones, you can transfer the Chrome license to new devices.
9. Everything is stored in the cloud
CMC is fully integrated into the Chromebooks. Devices can be assigned to users and the administrator can get configuration and usage reports. No hard drive or RAM required, making Chromebooks light and portable with all your data neatly stored in your Google Drive.
10. 24/7 Support Included
You can contact Google for Work Support to report a Chrome Device Management issue using the Google for Work Support Center. If you do not already have an Google for Work Support Center account, please contact your company IT administrator and have them enable access to the Support Center.

The Chrome Management Console is highly valuable for device control for schools and companies. Instructors and employers can pre-install apps and extensions allowing customization for intended users with the ability to control and disable unwanted web browsing. Chromebooks’ portability and reliability makes it convenient device for students and employees while ensuring administrators the security of management and device control. Benefit with Chromebooks for your organization today!

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