Choosing the Chrome Management License for Your Project

Choosing the Chrome Management License for Your Project

To remotely manage your Chromeboxes and other Google hardware that runs ChromeOS, you need to subscribe to a Chrome Management License. There are 4 types of services as listed by Google,  and you choose the one that best suits your project. When you subscribe, you specify the number of subscription licenses that you need, based on how many Chrome devices you want to enroll. How you pay for licenses (subscription type) depends on what service you subscribe to.  All the licenses allow you to lock the device into a 1 app kiosk mode. This gives you confidence that your devices are secure and not being hijacked to unwanted URL’s.  Your Arreya digital signage channel will be the 1 app shown on your device.

The four different service types of Chrome Management Licenses for Chrome OS Devices:

Chrome Enterprise Perpetual

The Chrome Enterprise license allows you to configure policies and settings for Chrome devices, manage users, manage apps, configure networks, and more. Chrome Enterprise includes 24/7 Enterprise support from Google. The perpetual license is valid for the life of the device but can be transferred to a like device in the event of a device issue. This license is a great choice for digital signage as it allows you to “set it and forget it” and not worry about renewing the licenses yearly.

Chrome Enterprise Annual

The Chrome Enterprise annual license gives you all of the same features as the perpetual license, but is billed annually instead. Licenses purchased mid-term are able to be prorated to align renewals to the same date. The license allows you to configure policies and settings for Chrome devices, manage users, manage apps, configure networks, and more.

Chrome Education and Nonprofit Perpetual

The Chrome Education and Nonprofit licenses allows access to the same features as the Chrome Enterprise perpetual license at a lower cost for Education and Nonprofit organizations. The license allows you to configure policies and settings for Chrome devices, manage users, manage apps, configure networks, and more. The perpetual license is valid for the life of the device but can be transferred to a like device in the event of a device issue.

For more information on each service type of Chrome Management License, refer to the description in the Arreya online store.

Annual vs. Perpetual

Perpetual Management Licenses are available for Chrome Education, Chrome Enterprise, and Chrome Nonprofit.
  • Covers the life of the device it’s enrolled to.
  • If you encounter a hardware issue and need to replace a device, you can transfer the subscription to another device of the same model (or equivalent manufacturer-provided replacement).
  • You can’t transfer a subscription from one device model to another in the same domain.
  • You can’t transfer a subscription to a device in another domain.
  • Transfers are audited.
  • We recommend reviewing the Auto Update policies for each device before you purchase a perpetual subscription.
Annual Management Licenses are only available for Chrome Enterprise.
  • Bought per subscription term and can be renewed when the term ends.
    • I got subscription licenses for Chrome Enterprise using the Admin console—Add your billing information to your subscription in the Admin console to automatically renew licenses at the end of each term. If you opt out of automatic renewal or don’t add your billing information, you’ll have to manually renew licenses when the term ends.
    • I have subscription licenses with an authorized partner—When the term ends, you need to manually renew licenses by purchasing an additional subscription term from your authorized partner.
  • Currently, there is no flexible plan available.
  • You can unenroll a device and transfer the subscription to another device (of any model) in the same domain.
  • You can’t transfer a subscription to a device in another domain.
  • If you purchase additional annual subscriptions mid-term, the cost is prorated and the new subscription expires at the same time as your original subscription.


Features by Chrome Management License

Chrome Enterprise License Service

 

Services governed by the Chrome Services License Agreement

Chrome Enterprise, Chrome Education and Chrome Nonprofit services allow you to configure settings and enforce policies for specific Chrome devices. You can control user access, customize features, configure network access, and more. Choose the service that’s right for your organization type.

Chrome Kiosk service gives you access to the settings you need to configure, deploy, and monitor a Chrome device as a single-app kiosk. It’s perfect for a device that’s used exclusively as a kiosk, such as a digital sign or point-of-sale system in a store. However, it can’t be used for public-session kiosks. This service is only available to business customers.

So which one is right for you?

For most Arreya digital signage subscribers, we recommend the Perpetual Chrome Enterprise Management License. A one time cost for the life of the device, there is no annual cost for updates or renewals. Google offers this license to non-profit 503c entities and certified educational entities at a large discount . This makes purchasing a large quantity of licenses very affordable. For projects that have a set cut off time, the Kiosk annual license may be the cost friendly alternative to the perpetual license. Contact us to discuss 319-294-6671, info@arreya.com or For more information go to Service and subscriptions.

Adding users and assigning admin roles in Chrome Management

How do I add users to the Admin console in Chrome Management?
  1. After logging in to your Google Admin console, go to the Users section.Adding Users and Assigning Admin Roles
  2. Click the [Add User] button in the lower right corner.
    Adding Users and Assigning Admin Roles
  3. Enter the user’s name, desired email address, and if desired make a password in order to set restrictions.Adding Users
  4. Click [ADD NEW USER].
  5. Record the credentials on the next screen and send them to the new user if desired.  Click Done.

How do I give a new user access to Admin console functions in Chrome Management?

In order for a user to have access to Admin console functions, you will need to set admin privileges for the user.

  1. After logging into your Admin console, go to the Admin roles section. The button may be hidden in the More Controls dock at the bottom of the screen.
    Assigning Admin Roles

  2. Select which role you would like your user to have, the typical choice for setting up a user that has access to device management, would be the Services Admin role. An explanation of the different built in roles can be found here: https://support.google.com/a/answer/2405986?hl=en.

    Adding Users and Assigning Admin Roles
  3. Click [Assign Admins].



  4. Type the email address of the User you would like to assign privileges to
    .
    Adding Users in Admin Console
  5. Click [Confirm Assignment]. That user will now have access to the Admin console.

 

 

Please visit Getting started with Chrome Device Management for more information regarding Chrome Device Management.

Getting started with Chrome Enterprise Management

This article will give you an overview of your Chrome Enterprise Management (CEM) and the Google Admin console.

 

Logging in to your Google Admin console

The Google Admin console is where you take advantage of the Chrome Enterprise Management product. The Admin console is a cloud based website that allows you to remotely manage many aspects of your Chrome devices.

  1. You can access the Google Admin console from any computer with an internet connection by going to admin.google.com
  • Your login to this account will most likely be admin@channel.arreya.com with channel being replaced with your Arreya channel name.
  • If you are using your own Google Apps domain for CDM, you will login to the console with an email address on your Google Apps domain. You may need to contact your IT administrator for access.
    If you are signed in to another Google Account on the computer, you may have issues logging in to this site as it does not work with normal Gmail accounts.
  • If you get an error when trying to log in, try going to accounts.google.com and logging out of all of the accounts, or open an incognito tab (Ctrl+Shift+N) which will not have any accounts saved.

  1. This is what you will see when you first log in to your Google Admin console.

Chrome Enterprise Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Click a link below to be taken to the knowledge base article.

 

How do I move a Chrome device in the Admin Console?

How do I create an Organizational Unit (OU)?

How do I configure Chrome Kiosk settings?

How do I see information about each Chrome device?

How do I give my devices recognizable names?

How do I reboot one of my Chrome Devices or get a screenshot?

How do I add users to the Admin console?

How do I give a new user access to Admin console functions?

How do I pre-configure a wireless network?

How to enable Unified Desktop for video walls in Chrome OS

For managed devices (Chrome Enterprise Management) –

  1. Log in to your Google Admin console
  2. Click “Devices
  3. Click “Chrome Management” under “Device Settings” in the upper left
  4. Click “Apps & extensions
  5. Click on “Kiosks
  6. Click on the “Arreya” app in the list (if it is not there, please follow instructions for configuring Arreya in managed kiosk mode)
  7. Click “Kiosk Settings
  8. Choose the desired OU
  9. Click the switch that says “Enabled unified desktop (BETA)
  10. Click “Saveunified desktop