What Does My Organization Need to Upgrade to Windows 10

October 5, 2015   //   Microsoft Windows

Are you ready to begin planning and testing for migration to Windows 10? If you are, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 1 (MDT) is your Swiss Army knife to get the pilot roll out underway. This latest version of the essential OSD application adds full support for Windows 10 images and features. It also supports Windows 7 and 8.1 so you can continue to use your existing images and task sequences.

Another tool you’ll need is the Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 (ADK). This provides the prerequisite deployment tools to create bootable WinPE media, and includes the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to perform profile transfers between computers and in-place upgrades.

Combine MDT and ADK with Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Windows Server 2012 R2, and you can boot computers off the network via PXE protocol to begin imaging laptops and desktops from bare metal in bulk. This results in a minimal but powerful set of tools that will meet the needs of most organizations for upgrading to Windows 10.


Automate Windows 10 deployment with SCCM

What if you’re looking for even more, such as the ability to schedule deployments in advance, automate IT workloads, and build dynamic relationships between organizational groups and applications? That’s where System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 (SCCM) comes into play.

The task sequence engine in plain MDT is the same as that of SCCM 2012 R2. In fact, both MDT and ADK are prerequisites for SCCM, and are used under the hood. However, SCCM unlocks additional options to facilitate even more robust and complex deployment scenarios, such as zero-touch installs, User Device Affinity (UDA), and ongoing agent-based management post-deployment. The latest service pack for SCCM adds support for MDT 2013 update 1 and ADK 10.

Trust in a team of System Center experts

SWC has a team of System Center experts with experience deploying OS upgrades with standalone MDT or integrated with SCCM. Contact one of our Engagement Managers; they’ll review your deployment plans or help you create them.