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Windows 10 has been nicknamed “the last version of Windows ever”, as it follows a model called Windows as a Service: a new way of building, deploying, and servicing Windows.
Under this paradigm, Microsoft is tackling two key customer challenges:

  1. Forklift and lengthy projects for OS version upgrades.
  2. Selective patching of the OS, resulting in platform fragmentation. This in turn was the basis for many compatibility issues and system anomalies related to Windows Updates, probably causing headaches in their Support and Testing organizations.

While you should always reference Microsoft websites for the latest information related to Windows 10, I am going to summarize the relevant information so you can see what this means for your XenDesktop site. Let’s start with the new way Microsoft is updating Windows 10.

Windows 10 Servicing (aka Updates)

There are two very distinct types of updates designed to solve those customer challenges: Feature Updates and Quality Updates.

  1. Feature Updates correspond to “new versions” of Windows 10, like 1507 (aka RTM), 1511 (aka November), 1607 (aka Anniversary), 1703 (aka Creators) and 1709 (aka Fall Creators). These are the release vehicles for new features, similar to Citrix Current Release strategy. The version numbers correspond the Year/Month of the release.
  2. Quality Updates are designed to enable admins to receive a Cumulative (and superseding) update on Patch Tuesday (generally), containing both security and non-security fixes (like driver updates, Office updates, etc.) No new features are introduced.

How does the Admin get those updates? There are four ways, called “Servicing Tools”:

Read the entire article here, Windows 10 and XenDesktop | Citrix Blogs

Via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.

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