Join Matt Hester for an in-depth discussion in this video Deployment scenarios, part of Learning Windows 10 Deployment for Small Businesses.
- There are lots of ways to get Windows 10 in your organization, there's lots of common deployment scenarios that we can use to actually deliver Windows 10 to your desktops that don't have a lot of infrastructure requirements on the back end. Maybe you're in a smaller business and you don't have active directory inside of your environment and you just have a bunch of kind of work group computers and very basic setups, that's OK. We're going to take a look at how you can actually deploy Windows 10 into those environments without a lot of investment of your time under the back end and building the infrastructure up to support a full environment.
So one of the first things we look at are what of some of the common scenarios of getting Windows 10 onto your desktops. Well the first one is the upgrade, as most of you are aware, Windows 10 is free until July 29th 2016 so for about a year Windows 10 is going to be given away for free. The nice thing about this is that this is a very easy installation process, it's a very non-disruptive process. You can actually download the bits it's going to do an in place upgrade. It's going to migrate all your apps and settings and things like that for you, seamlessly. The nice thing about that, we're actually going to take a look at a lot of different ways to upgrade those systems and we're going to be easiest for your system as we continue on with the course.
You also have the bare metal installation, now if you're going to a bare metal installation, if you're installing a brand new system you're probably going to have to buy the Windows 10 license unless it was a previously upgraded system, but a bare metal brand new system we would want to install Windows 10 onto it, it's fairly straight forward, you're just doing the basic Windows 10 installation process. You can do a wipe and reload and this is similar to a bare metal, but in regards to the Windows 10 especially around the free upgrade, what's nice about this is most small businesses might want to wipe and reload a system that's already been upgraded, well we can do that as well still capturing all that critical information that's on the desktop.
Now the last option we have is imaging. And what imaging allows us to do is actually take pictures of those systems and work with it now, I mention it here as one of the common scenarios but it's not something that a lot of small businesses are going to work with. Why? Because there are some considerations when we look at imaging systems. First off you're going to have to have some infrastructure put in place, specifically for a lot of the tools that we can use for imaging today. You're going to have to have some kind of directory environment or some kind of additional software. There's going to have to be some kind of additional training probably a big server to howlers all the images that you're going to be working with so there is some infrastructure requirements, not only from a physical nature but also from a soft nature of having your time involved to actually build up that infrastructure.
If you're just trying to get Windows 10 on a few PCs inside your organization. You're probably not going to look at imaging because the infastructure requirements that are involved there. The nice thing about this though if you choose some of the imaging, some of the technologies that Microsoft can provide for you is a lot of free tools around the Microsoft deployment tool kit. Around the Windows assessment and deployment kit. There's a lot of nice tools out there that don't cost you anything, from a standpoint of acquiring those tools, might just be a free download. But it is something you can actually use and leverage inside of your environment but once again there's going to be infrastructure requirements for those tools to be installed so you can actually image systems and deploy those images successfully.
And then lastly the nice thing about imaging consideration it's really kind of a benefit is that the repeatable installs. If you have a lot of computers in the environment and you have a corporate image in a corporate desktop, the great thing about doing something like an imaging installation is that you can repeat those installs very quickly and they can be either fully or partially automated depending how you set up the tools on the back end to support your organization but once again if you're looking at a smaller organization these might just be more technology than what you need to actually just get Windows 10 and in fact and reality it might actually be faster just to install Windows 10 by hand on those systems then go through all that infrastructure requirement on the back end.
So you can see there's a lot of great considerations, a lot of alternatives on how we can actually deploy Windows 10 in your environments and it doesn't going to require a lot of infrastructure requirements for you to actually to successful with the actual deployment of Windows 10.
- Performing a Windows upgrade
- Installing Windows 10 on a new system
- Working with the media creation tool
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
- Understanding Windows 10 imaging