Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager

Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager

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Get a head start deploying Windows 10--with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today.

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ISBN-13: 9781509301874
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 307,696
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Andre Della Monica is a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft and has been working with System Center Configuration Manager since it was known as SMS. Before becoming a Premier Field Engineer, he was recognized as a top Support Engineer on Consumer Technical Support for Microsoft Platform products. Andre attended college at Sao Paulo, Brazil, and earned his technology degree in Computer Network Management. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife Rose, his daughter Sarah, and his son Samuel. In his free time, he enjoys producing and recording music, as well as being an Xbox gamer.

Alessandro Cesarini serves as Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft, and he is based in Madrid. With more than 20 years of IT experience in multinational environments (Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Italy), he is helping customers with migration and deployment of Windows using Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and System Center Configuration Manager. When he is not working or traveling, Alessandro is riding his bicycle, cooking at home, playing squash or Padel, and spending time with his wife Eva.

Russ Rimmerman is a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft supporting System Center Configuration Manager. He has been with Microsoft for over 5 years. During his 13-year tenure working with Configuration Manager, he has engaged with customers owning moderately simple to ultra-complex Configuration Manager hierarchies across nearly every industry. Before joining Microsoft, Russ spent five years in the U.S. Air Force and also spent time as both a consultant and as a senior IT administrator. He co-authored the ebook Microsoft System Center Software Update Management Field Experience from Microsoft Press. Russ currently resides in Cypress, Texas, and enjoys anything involving water, anything related to or resembling technology, and most importantly spending time with his wife Susan, and their one-year old twin boys, Owyn and Jaxen.

Victor Silveira is a Microsoft System Center Premier Field Engineer with a primary focus on Configuration Manager. Prior to his current role, he was a Network Analyst managing various technologies and concentrated his skillset in the management space beginning with SMS 1.2/2.0. Later, he moved to a Premier Support Engineer position with Microsoft and transitioned to team Technical Lead supporting SMS 2003/2007. Victor attended RCC Institute of Technology and earned his technology degree in Computer Network Management. He is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with his family and has an interest in photography, snowboarding, and DIY projects.

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1: Why implement Windows 10?
The Welcome experience
What’s new in the user interface
Customizing the Start menu
Introducing Action Center
Switching between Desktop mode and Tablet mode
Using virtual desktops
Creating a new virtual desktop
Switching between virtual desktops
Using Snap
Accessing Cortana settings
Cortana voice commands
Windows startup enhancements
Push Button Reset improvements
Microsoft Edge
Fixing specific sites
About security
Microsoft Passport
Windows Hello
Isolated User Mode
The Windows 10 upgrade process
Chapter 2: Windows 10 deployment options
In-place upgrade
Predeployments steps
Step 1: Choosing the correct media
Step 2: Assessing readiness
Step 3: Gathering driver packages
A cue for testing applications
Manual in-place upgrade
Phase 1: Down Level (Old OS)
Phase 2: Start into WinRE (copying files)
Phase 3: First reboot in Windows 10 (installing features and drivers)
Phase 4: Second reboot in Windows 10 (configuring settings)
Traditional deployments
Bare-metal installation
Wipe-and-load (refresh)
Windows To Go
Windows Update approach
Get Windows 10 App
OS upgrade via Windows Server Update Services
Configuring WSUS to support in-place upgrades
Configuring policies to use WSUS
Moving the focus to Configuration Manager
Chapter 3: Configuration Manager Operating System Deployment concepts
The purpose of OSD
OSD terminology
Infrastructure requirements
Task sequences
Task sequence variables
Drivers and driver packages
Image deployment
Scheduling deployments
Unknown computers
UEFI versus BIOS
Advanced concepts
Prestart commands
User Device Affinity
Online resources
Chapter 4: Using System Center Configuration Manager to deploy Windows 10
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit integration with Operating System Deployment
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
Obtaining and importing the Windows 10 image
Customizing the Windows 10 image
In-box applications
Group Policies
Deploying and supporting Windows 10
Managing disk configurations
Upgrade scenarios
Optimizing the Windows 10 image deployment
Monitoring the Windows 10 image deployment
After the Windows 10 image deployment
About the authors

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