Here is another Windows 8.1 free ebook for IT Professionals. This book is published by Microsoft and written by Ed Bott. This eBook contains loads of details about Windows 8.1 with 139 pages. As ConfigMgr person, I would like to highlight the points which are closely tied up with SCCM ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and MDT 2013.
You can download the eBook from here :- Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
This book recommends to use Zero Touch deployment if your organization has more than 500 staffs. Another important point mentioned in the book is :-
If you’re planning to use USMT as part of a Windows 8.1 deployment, you should be aware of one significant change. Earlier versions of USMT supported migrations with Windows 8 as the target and Windows XP or later running on the source computer. USMT version 6.3, which is included in the Windows ADK and is required for Windows 8.1 migrations, supports only Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 as both target and host operating systems. Windows XP and Windows Vista are not supported. As a workaround, Microsoft recommends using USMT version 5 to capture the user state from Windows XP and Vista; that state can then be restored to Windows 8.1 using USMT 6.3.
Following are Windows 8.1 upgrade options using MDT 2013 with or withour ConfigMgr 2012 R2 :-
1. Lite Touch installation (LTI)
2. User-Driven installation (UDI)
3. Zero Touch installation (ZTI)
There is another interesting post from the same author which talks about changes of Windows 8.1 in terms of Windows 8.1 pricing and licensing, with a few buying tips thrown in for good measure.