In Adaptiva’s 2017 Windows 10 Enterprise Impact Survey, 99 percent of respondents said their organization is moving to Windows 10. The survey also found that while companies are taking more time than expected for planning and preparation, the actual migrations are moving faster than expected. Careful planning and design are important in any large project, but taking the time to prepare carefully is especially vital with Windows 10. This is not just a move to a new operating system. It’s a shift for IT departments to manage a Windows world where everything happens faster, and frequent updates are a way of life.
Microsoft has reinvented not only how Windows is built and delivered but also how it is serviced. Gone are the days of occasional service packs every two or three years to add functionalities to major builds. There will be no more “pick a patch” Update Tuesday to selectively (and kind of dangerously) decide which specific fixes to apply to which machines in your organization. Now, Microsoft is delivering new functionality through twice-a-year Feature Updates. They are delivering security patches and bug fixes via monthly Cumulative Updates. This is all arriving under the concept of Windows as a Service (WaaS).
Welcome to the World of Operation System Deployment
Windows 10 OSD is an extremely vast topic, so I created a Windows OSD Primer to provide a high-level introduction for the IT professional new to the world of operating system deployment. It will introduce you to key issues, technologies, and terms you’ll need to understand as you plan your migration to Windows 10. Jump right in to the Windows 10 Primer here.
- Windows as a Service
Feature Updates and Quality Updates
- Windows 10 Branches
Windows Insider and Windows Insider for Business
Current Branch and Current Branch for Business
Long Term Servicing Branch
- Upgrade Options – In-place vs. Wipe-and-Load
- Deployment Planning
Choosing a Deployment Method
Selecting AD GPO vs. MDM
Defining Deployment Rings
Automating BIOS to UEFI
Cumulative Updates and Express Installation
Additional Tools and Resources
Have No Fear, Help Is Near
This Windows OSD Primer drills down on the basics, but as you can see, Windows 10 deployment and maintenance is a very deep topic. There is a lot to learn when planning for Windows 10 for your organization, and there are many trade-offs to consider. The good news is that there is a wealth of information readily available on TechNet, in community blogs, and on Adaptiva’s SCCM Academy, such as guides on:
- Keeping your Windows 10 endpoints secure and healthy.
- Questions to ask when choosing a Windows 10 OSD solution.
- Converting from BIOS to UEFI (with support for MBR to GPT conversion) within two common deployment scenarios in Configuration Manager.
- Detailed walkthroughs of feature highlights of the Technical Preview builds of Configuration Manager to help you plan for the changes to the platform while preparing to roll out Windows 10 in your organization.
- Understanding the servicing of Windows 10 with Configuration Manager, with an explanation of how to setup and troubleshoot either scenario you decide is right for your organization.
Ami Casto, a technical evangelist at Adaptiva, is a frequent industry speaker and contributor to the systems management community. Ami may be best known for her work as a technical editor at Deployment Artist where she is responsible for contributing content for Windows Operating Systems Deployment and Management.