Microsoft Windows 10 Servicing Branches, Deployment Rings and tooling
With the introduction of Microsoft Windows 10 also came a couple of new ways to deploy and maintain Windows installations, this is what Microsoft refers to a Windows as a Service, or WaaS. Meant to make the life of the IT professional a little easier. As you might know, Windows 10 is supposed to be the final version of Windows, and thus new functionalities and features will be delivered in smaller incremental updates, two to three times per year as opposed to every 3 to 5 years prior to Windows 10, when a new version of Windows was released. This also introduces a couple of challenges when it comes to upgrading, updating and maintaining new and current installations. For this they came up with WaaS as mentioned earlier. Let’s have a look at what this means from a servicing and update perspective.
For most companies the introduction of Windows 10 also means that they will have to re-think their deployment and/or update methodology, or perhaps better formulated, strategy. To make this happen you first need to know what to take into consideration — new concepts, servicing options, tools available, the thought and philosophy behind it, never mind if you agree or not (you probably won’t get rid of Windows any time soon, so adaption is key), and so on. Only then will you be able to truly formulate a new ‘plan of attack’, so to speak. Fortunately, this will be a one-time effort, at least that’s the promise.
From a consultancy perspective the same rules apply, you will have to dig into what Microsoft has to offer before being able to successfully advise any of your customers.
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