Unlock Windows Holographic for Business features

Microsoft HoloLens is available in the Development Edition, which runs Windows Holographic (an edition of Windows 10 designed for HoloLens), and in the Commercial Suite, which provides extra features designed for business.

When you purchase the Commercial Suite, you receive a license that upgrades Windows Holographic to Windows Holographic for Business. This license can be applied to the device either through the organization's mobile device management (MDM) provider or a provisioning package.

Tip

You can tell that the HoloLens has been upgraded to the business edition in Settings > Network & Internet. The VPN option is only available in Windows Holographic for Business.

Edition upgrade using MDM

The enterprise license can be applied by any MDM provider that supports the WindowsLicensing configuration service provider (CSP). The latest version of the Microsoft MDM API will support WindowsLicensing CSP.

Overview

  1. Set up the edition upgrade policy.
  2. Deploy the policy.
  3. Enroll the device through the Settings app.

The procedures in this topic use Microsoft Intune as an example. On other MDM providers, the specific steps for setting up and deploying the policy might vary.

Set up the Edition Upgrade policy

  1. Sign into the Intune Dashboard with your Intune admin account.

  2. In the Policy workspace, select Configuration Policies and then Add.

    Click Add

  3. In Create a new policy, select the Edition Upgrade Policy (Windows 10 Holographic and later template, and click Create Policy.

    Select template

  4. Enter a name for the policy.

  5. In the Edition Upgrade section, in License File, browse to and select the XML license file that was provided when you purchased the Commercial Suite.

    Enter the XML file name

  6. Click Save Policy.

Deploy the Edition Upgrade policy

Next, you will assign the Edition Upgrade policy to selected groups.

  1. In the Policy workspace, select the Edition upgrade policy that you created, and then choose Manage Deployment.

  2. In the Manage Deployment dialog box, select one or more groups to which you want to deploy the policy, and then choose Add > OK.

When these users enroll their devices in MDM, the Edition Upgrade policy will be applied.

For more information about groups, see Use groups to manage users and devices in Microsoft Intune.

Edition upgrade using a provisioning package

Provisioning packages are files created by the Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) tool that apply a specified configuration to a device.

Create a provisioning package that upgrades the Windows Holographic edition

  1. Create a provisioning package for HoloLens.

  2. Go to Runtime settings > EditionUpgrade, and select EditionUpgradeWithLicense.

    Upgrade edition with license setting selected

  3. Browse to and select the XML license file that was provided when you purchased the Commercial Suite.

  4. On the File menu, click Save.

  5. Read the warning that project files may contain sensitive information, and click OK.

    Important

    When you build a provisioning package, you may include sensitive information in the project files and in the provisioning package (.ppkg) file. Although you have the option to encrypt the .ppkg file, project files are not encrypted. You should store the project files in a secure location and delete the project files when they are no longer needed.

  6. On the Export menu, click Provisioning package.

  7. Change Owner to IT Admin, which will set the precedence of this provisioning package higher than provisioning packages applied to this device from other sources, and then select Next.

  8. Set a value for Package Version.

    Tip

    You can make changes to existing packages and change the version number to update previously applied packages.

  9. On the Select security details for the provisioning package, click Next.

  10. Click Next to specify the output location where you want the provisioning package to go once it's built. By default, Windows ICD uses the project folder as the output location.

    Optionally, you can click Browse to change the default output location.

  11. Click Next.

  12. Click Build to start building the package. The project information is displayed in the build page and the progress bar indicates the build status.

  13. When the build completes, click Finish.

Apply the provisioning package to HoloLens

  1. Connect the device via USB to a PC and start the device, but do not continue past the fit page of OOBE (the first page with the blue box).

  2. Briefly press and release the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously.

  3. HoloLens will show up as a device in File Explorer on the PC.

  4. In File Explorer, drag and drop the provisioning package (.ppkg) onto the device storage.

  5. Briefly press and release the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously again while on the fit page.

  6. The device will ask you if you trust the package and would like to apply it. Confirm that you trust the package.

  7. You will see whether the package was applied successfully or not. If it failed, you can fix your package and try again. If it succeeded, proceed with OOBE.

Note

If the device was purchased before August 2016, you will need to sign into the device with aa Microsoft account, get the latest OS update, and then reset the OS in order to apply the provisioning package.