Google has just updated its licensing model for Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices. If you want to enroll a Chromebook in your Google Apps domain you need to buy a Chromebook management license. Licenses can be bought through Google Apps Certified Retailers, and once applied to your domain give you centralised control over your fleet of Chromebooks. It’s a bit like Group Policy for Chromebooks.

Today Google has updated the rules for its management licensing. The new system allows you to deprovision Chromebooks from your Google Apps domain and move the license to another device. This means you can now reuse a Chromebook management license for another device when it is disposed of. This is limited, however, devices of the same model.

From Google:

In October, we announced a change to the license model that now gives you the ability to revoke and reassign device licenses. When you encounter a malfunctioning Chrome device that must be replaced, you can simply deprovision that device, freeing up its license and enroll its replacement. Note: Perpetual license transfers should be only used for same model replacements and will be audited per the license policy.

If you currently have the Forced Re-Enrollment feature enabled (it’s on by default), you should deprovision your enrolled devices before you submit them for repair, sell, or give them to another party. Forced Re-Enrollment ensures your enrolled devices remain in a managed state and are unusable without credentials for your domain. By deprovisioning your device, it ensures that repair centers can complete the necessary tests during the return process or the new owner can use the devices you resell.

How to deprovision a Chromebook

  1. Login to your Google Apps admin panel.
  2. Click Device Management > Chrome > Devices — from this page you can also see how many free licenses you have.
  3. Select the Chromebook you wish to remove from your domain.
  4. Select Deprovision.

The license from the deprovisioned device will now be available to enroll a new Chromebook.


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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.

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