Microsoft on Automating Windows as a Service
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WaaS is not something “Microsoft-special” and nowadays there is this cruel necessity to hold up the pace and adopt the newest technologies just in time. With WaaS this is accomplished for the Operating System, where by speaking of the coming “new wonderful Features” we are mainly speaking about Security and Administration Features, which are increasing the Clients´ Security with hardening. Additionally we introduce new technologies like Windows Hello for Business with Companion Devices, Exploit Guard, Application Guard and later on also features using Artifical Intelligence on or with the OS like Advanced Threat protection and even the Antivirus.
I see companies grumbling about this change, but this is just a kind of Digital Transformation. There is no time anymore to release new Operating Systems manually every 3 to 5 years.
Automating the Windows as a Service Model is possible and I actually recommend doing this for EVERY enterprise customer. You will need some time in the preparation phase and setting up the whole process, but in the end you will save a huge upcoming and recurring workload. I will start with a short intro – moving on to the procedural automation and later on to technical adoption with automation.
By defining well chosen computers into your rings you predefine the possible impact and completely control your testing approach. The best toolset for this task is probably SCCM with Servicing Plans, but it is also possible with WSUS standalone or Windows Update for Business (or even a third-party solution) – you have just to implement the automation steps.
Read the entire article here, Automating Windows as a Service – PowerInTheShell
via the fine folks at Microsoft