Free eBook About Windows Deployment via MDT 2013 SCCM. 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 a ConfigMgr person, I would like to highlight the 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
Free eBook About Windows Deployment via MDT 2013 SCCM
This book recommends using Zero Touch deployment if your organization has more than 500 staff. 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 without 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 that talks about Windows 8.1 in terms of Windows 8.1 pricing and licensing, with a few buying tips thrown in for good measure.
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…