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Windows 10 for Enterprise Administrators

By : Richard Diver, Manuel Singer, Jeff Stokes
Book Image

Windows 10 for Enterprise Administrators

By: Richard Diver, Manuel Singer, Jeff Stokes

Overview of this book

Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 is a step toward satisfying enterprise administrators' needs for management and user experience customization. This book provides enterprise administrators with the knowledge needed to fully utilize the advanced feature set of Windows 10 Enterprise. This practical guide shows Windows 10 from an administrator's point of view. You'll focus on areas such as installation and configuration techniques based on your enterprise requirements, various deployment scenarios and management strategies, and setting up and managing admin and other user accounts. You'll see how to configure Remote Server Administration Tools to remotely manage Windows Server and Azure Active Directory. Lastly, you will learn modern mobile device management for effective BYOD and how to enable enhanced data protection, system hardening, and enterprise-level security with the new Windows 10 in order to prevent data breaches and to impede attacks. By the end of this book, you will know the key technologies and capabilities in Windows 10 and will confidently be able to manage and deploy these features in your organization.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Selecting the deployment tools

This question is not easy to answer. Different people will have different preferences and therefore favor different deployment tools. But perhaps we can roll up to the question from a different side as it is just the same if you use MDT, SCCM, or a third-party deployment.

It is important to use the latest ADK delivered with the Windows 10 release you are deploying. Your ADK should be at most one release older; have a look at the known issues page of the ADK before picking it. From this important requirement and the release cadence of one to two Windows 10 releases per year, we come to the next prerequisite.

Your chosen deployment tool should get at least one to two updates per year to support the newest features and newest ADK. As more and more configuration is not only done by GPO but also by MDM and WMI bridge, it becomes more essential that your deployment and configuration environment keeps up with the pace.

Last but not least important is the ability to script pre- and post-upgrade task sequences. You will most likely run into situations where you need to configure, update, or remove something before performing the upgrade, and the same applies to the phase after a successful upgrade. As some configurations can only be done from PowerShell, you should select a deployment tool with (direct) PowerShell support.