How to Keep up with the Speed of Windows as a Service

A quick overview of the new Windows-as-a-Service model and some simple, helpful tips to help admins.

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The Windows 10 operating system introduces a new way to build, deploy, and service Windows. This new way of handling Windows 10 OS is called Windows as a service (WaaS). Microsoft has reimagined each part of this Windows 10 process, to simplify the lives of IT pros and maintain a consistent Windows 10 experience for its customers. These improvements focus on maximizing customer involvement in Windows development, simplifying the deployment and servicing of Windows client computers.

Windows 10 comes with two servicing options (release types): feature updates (e.g., Windows 10 1511, 1607 and Creator Updates, etc.) that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month. Traditional Windows servicing has included several release types: major revisions (e.g., the Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 operating systems), service packs, and monthly updates.

Windows 10 deployment schedules are different from traditional Windows deployment schedules. The traditional deployment plan imposed a training burden on users because the feature revisions were often significant. In the case of Windows 10, it just keeps on evolving, and users will get a chance to Evaluate, pilot and deploy in phase wise approach. Windows Insider build should be part of evaluation, Windows Current Branch (CB) build should be part of the pilot, and Windows Current Branch for Business (CBB) should be part of the production deploy. Windows as a Service provides more than 4 months for pilot with CB release, 12+ months for deploy the CBB release and 60 days of grace period for CBB release.

The main mantra of Windows as a service is continuous evolution. So, what is the challenge for the constant development and deployment from an organization’s perspective? It’s mainly the size of Windows 10 feature updates and quality updates. Did Microsoft develop an entirely proven echo system to deliver all these updates with existing enterprise network? In my opinion, no they are not. For example, every year, as part of feature update,  an organization needs to deploy 3.6 GB of data to each machine. Same situation is there for quality updates which are cumulative. What is the solution to deliver this huge chunk of binaries to end user device?

Adaptiva OneSite can help organizations to deliver the huge chunk of content to all end user devices.

  1. OneSite automates many of the tasks around Windows 10 deployment, as well as ongoing deployment of feature and quality updates, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes a system administrator.
  2. OneSite’s predictive bandwidth harvesting technology is the only solution that lets you safely deliver feature and quality updates worldwide with: no throttling to slow down delivery, and no scheduling for after-hours—deploy content any time of the day without worry.
  3.  To learn more about how Adaptiva OneSite can help your organization manage WaaS (Windows as a Service), visit: http://www.adaptiva.com/windows-10/

Reference :-

  • Quick guide to Windows as a service – here
  • Overview of Windows as a service – here

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