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Install Windows 8 Store Apps on Domain Joined PC

Posted on 2014-04-02
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Hi,

I am setting up a small business with a Server 2012 domain that has a pretty liberal policy regarding users installing apps on their PCs.  The company wants users to be able to install Windows 8 Metro apps that they may find useful (i.e. calculators, travel apps, etc.).

I haven't been able to find any good best practices suggestions from MS about this.  Here are my questions and thoughts, and I'm wondering what the experts on here think about it.

1. Is the only way to get Windows Store apps installed and work smoothly (with normal Win 8.1 pro not enterprise) to link a Microsoft Account to the network user account?  My research says yes.

2. Assuming the above is correct, the business does not want users connecting their personal Microsoft Accounts.  It would have to be a different account.  W)hat would be the best way to do this

A) One Microsoft account linked to all the domain accounts (or at least a business group, i.e. all architects) .  Easiest but could cause confusion.

B) A new different Microsoft account for each user that is custom to the user i.e. if the user goes the MS account is not used for next user.  Most maintenance but probably works best.

c) A new MS account that is generic (i.e. BusinessName-Role / Cotoso-Designer@outlook.com)  that would be relinked to different account if another user replaces the current one.  Easier but perhaps a bit confusion and less secure (saved passwords from the previous user could then be accessible to their replacement)

What are your opinions?

Thanks,
Charles
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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you are correct in that it must be a microsoft account.. there is no limit on the # of machines that can use a microsoft account.  Passwords can be a problem with various users having access to the account.. perhaps a name that is tied to the machine is the way to go. Simply create the accounts and then issue them out.
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I'm leaning more towards a different account for each user but by position, i.e. Architect1@outlook.com.

It would be nice if we could use their Office365 account.
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