After creating a sideload staging package and downloading it, install it onto the rugged device to begin the enrollment process.

The next steps depend on if the device is a Windows Rugged device or an Android device.

For Android device staging, follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install the Android Debug Bridge to the computer you want to use for staging devices.
  2. Unzip the downloaded Sideload Staging ZIP file.

  3. Verify the stage.bat file is in the root folder of the unzipped Sideload Staging ZIP file.

  4. Establish a USB debug connection to the Android device.

    USB debugging must be enabled on the Android device. The setting to enable this is in the device system settings under Developer Options.

  5. Launch the stage.bat file from the root folder of the unzipped Sideload Staging ZIP file.

  6. The stage.bat file will copy files to the device and then use intents to start the auto-enrollment process.

  7. The AirWatch auto-enrollment screen displays on the device and shows progress.

  8. When auto-enrollment is complete, the AirWatch Agent displays the main details screen.

This script installs the MX Service and agent then applies the Wi-Fi profile you defined in the staging manifest as well as any other manifest items. Once the Wi-Fi connects, the device auto-enrolls into AirWatch.

For Windows Rugged devices, follow the steps below:

  1. Unzip the file and connect your device to the staging machine through USB once the download is complete.
  2. Manually create "\Program File\AirWatch\Staging" directory on your device. You will have to add both the AirWatch and staging directories.
  3. Copy the content of the unzipped staging file (it should contain several directory folders) to the directory you created.
  4. Open the "\Program File\AirWatch\Staging\agent" directory and manually execute the AirWatch Agent cab file.

The cab file installs the agent, then the enrollment process will complete and the agent will enroll, assuming the device has network connectivity.

You can also use the Sideload Staging Utility for Windows Rugged devices to simplify the sideload staging process. See Use the Sideload Staging for more information.


For sideload staging, if you want to preconfigure your Wi-Fi connection into the staging cab file, you must use the advanced staging feature (Manifest tab on the staging profile) and add a step for installing a production Wi-Fi profile. If this step is not done, then the Wi-Fi profile will need to be manually set up on the device (preferably before executing the staging cab).