Explore and implement Insider Preview. As a Windows Insider, shape the future of Windows by being part of the Windows beta programs, with access to early releases of Windows. Explore other servicing options including Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB). Explore Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) scenarios.
- [Instructor] If you'd like to have access to the next generation of Windows operating systems before they're released to the public, you can opt in to Insider Preview. When you do, you'll get access to updated builds of windows and can test the product and provide feedback to Microsoft. To opt in, click start, click settings, and click update and security. Notice the option here in the bottom left. Windows Insider Program. Click it to get started. I'll click get started, and notice what it says.
Understand that you'll be opting in to try out pre-release software that might not be fully tested, which means that the OS might not be stable and it might have bugs. It will also change often as features are added and removed. As it says here, make sure you aren't going to opt into Insider Preview on a computer that you depend on every day. If you want to try it out, though, click next. When you're ready, click confirm. If you'd like to learn more about the Insider program before clicking confirm, visit insider.windows.com.
I'll click cancel here. I've already opted in on another machine. There are three other servicing options to consider. There's Current Branch, CB, Current Branch for Business, CBB, and Long Term Servicing Branch, LTSB. Before I discuss these, though, let's talk for a minute about what servicing actually means, at least as it relates to Microsoft and the Windows OS. Microsoft is moving to a new operating system model called Windows as a Service. The ultimate goal is to continually provide new capabilities to the Windows OS.
Instead of having independent releases, such as always been the case, think about Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and so on. With Windows as a Service, that ends, and new features will be provided or updated two to three times per year or as they become available. So Microsoft offers three servicing options beyond Windows Insider. Current Branch is good for early adopters and consumers. It's great for Windows enthusiasts, IT teams, and testing groups. Current Branch for Business is a good option for organizations.
It lets users test deployment, applications, and new features over a long period of time. Long Term Servicing Branch is suited for devices critical to an institution, such as machinery, teller machines, and so on. There's a lot more to learn about servicing options before you put it into place. There are limitations on what operating system you have to be running to enable it. For instance, CB runs on almost any OS, while LTSB requires you run Windows Enterprise, and while CB and CBB offer access to all that you're used to, LTSB doesn't.
In fact, Outlook, Mail, Calendar, OneNote, weather, news, sports, money, photos, even the clock aren't included. You can find out about this and more from TechNet. Just search for servicing options. The page here includes this nifty table that sums it all up.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell