We’ve long made it easy to enroll devices with Esper platform with highly customizable provisioning templates. Once you’ve created those templates, it’s time to define policy compliance. But if you’ve already defined your ideal device configuration at enrollment, why repeat the process with a separate compliance template?  No reason we could think of, so we did the logical thing: combine them. Meet Blueprints.

Instead of having to provision devices with one policy and manage them with another, Blueprints will allow you to provision and manage compliance of devices seamlessly. Here’s a quick look at how Blueprints work. 

How to create a new blueprint

To create a new blueprint, you’ll jump into Devices & Groups in the console, then select (or create) a specific group. Within that group, you’ll see the option to add a Blueprint at the top. 

Here, you’ll have the option of either building a Blueprint from scratch or creating a clone of an existing Blueprint. Once you give your Blueprint a name and optional description, you’ll jump right into configuring your Blueprint. 

The configuration process is broken up into 11 different categories, and the wizard will walk you through each one. 

You’ll almost certainly be familiar with this process if you’ve already set up a provisioning template or compliance policy. While the process is familiar, it’s definitely worth paying extra attention here — we’ve added a ton of new options for far more control of your devices.

When you’re finished, simply click the “Done Editing” button at the top. You’ll have the option to add a comment or describe what changed (it’s a good idea to use this area as a changelog for future reference), then apply it immediately or schedule it for later. If you don’t want to do either of these, just click the X in the upper right corner. 

How to edit a blueprint

The odds are you’ll need to change your blueprint from time to time. While you could create a new Blueprint for a new configuration, the simpler option is to edit an existing one. 

To get started, head to the appropriate group and click the three dots in the upper right, then choose “Edit Blueprint.”

This will open the blueprint editor (the same one for creating a new blueprint), which you should be familiar with. Go ahead and make the necessary changes. 

When you’re finished, click the “Done Editing” box, add your notes to the changelog, and save it. 

You can either apply the updated blueprint or schedule it for later. Alternatively, you can close this dialog with the X in the upper right corner. 

How to delete a blueprint

If you no longer need a blueprint, it’s time to toss it in the can. Click the dot menu button in the upper right, then choose “Edit Blueprint.”

In the blueprint editor, click the “Options” dropdown in the upper right, then choose “Delete Blueprint.” 

And just like that, it’s gone. 

Blueprint drift management, explained

Compliance is no good without a way to enforce it, and that’s why as part of Blueprints, we’re introducing drift management for Esper fleets. Esper will monitor your devices to determine if they’re remaining in compliance with your Blueprint, and makes it a one-click affair to bring devices back in line.

To see devices that are currently in drift, head into the Devices & Groups menu and click the “View Devices” button beside Drift in the top bar. Select the devices or groups, then click the “Resolve Drift” button. This will reapply the current blueprint. 

Have questions or want to learn more about Blueprints? Get in touch!

We’re always happy to talk with new customers or help out existing ones

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