Introducing New Deployment and Administration Tools
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, also known as Windows 10 Build 1709, has a whole host of new and improved features, including the deployment of Windows 10 and Windows 10 administration tools.
In the last major update, Microsoft introduced the Windows AutoPilot tool to IT Pros. Windows AutoPilot is a zero-touch experience for deploying Windows 10 devices. It Pros can now apply Configuration profiles while the device is still with the hardware vendor and the device can be shipped directly to the employee. With this latest release, Microsoft has further refined the controls that IT Pros have over their organization’s deployments, and you can now apply an AutoPilot deployment profile to your devices using Microsoft Store for Business. When people in your organization run the out-of-box experience on the device, the profile configures Windows based on the AutoPilot deployment profile you’ve applied to the device. For more information, see Manage Windows device deployment with Windows AutoPilot Deployment.
Windows Upgrade Readiness
Of course, it’s important prior to your deployment to take advantages of the updated Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness feature. Upgrade Readiness provides insights into application and driver compatibility issues. New capabilities include better app coverage, post-upgrade health reports, and enhanced report filtering capabilities.
Another new feature is Windows 10 Subscription Activation. Leveraging M365 E3 or E5 subscriptions, Windows 10 Subscription Activation lets you deploy Windows 10 Enterprise in your organization with no keys and no reboots using a list of subscribed users. When a subscribed user signs in on their Windows 10 Pro device, features that are Enterprise-only are automatically enabled. For more information, see Windows 10 Subscription Activation.
As part of the update, Microsoft has also enhanced the Windows Automatic Redeployment feature. IT Pros can use Windows Automatic Redeployment to quickly remove personal files, apps, and settings. The redeployment tool leverages Windows AutoPilot, allowing for a custom login screen to be available from the lock screen that enables you to apply original settings and management enrollment (Azure Active Directory and device management) so that devices are returned to a fully configured, known, IT-approved state and ready to use. For more information, see Reset devices with Windows Automatic Redeployment.
With your new Windows 10 Fall Creators edition machine deployed, it’s time to talk a bit about the updates to Administration, specifically about the updates to Mobile Device Management (MDM).
MDM has been expanded to include domain joined devices with Azure Active Directory registration. Group Policy can be used with Active Directory joined devices to trigger auto-enrollment to MDM. For more information, see Enroll a Windows 10 device automatically using Group Policy.
Multiple new configuration items are also added. For more information, see What’s new in MDM enrollment and management.
Windows 10 Fall Creators update also introduced an expanded administration tool, called Device Health. This new, premium analytic tool identifies devices and drivers that crash frequently and might need to be rebuilt or replaced.
And when its time to perform updates, new capabilities in Update Compliance let you monitor Windows Defender protection status, compare compliance with industry peers, and optimize bandwidth for deploying updates.
In the next “What’s New in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Build 1709)” post, we’ll talk about all the expanded and new Security features that have been introduced.