Deploying and Managing Windows 10 in a University Environment



This talk will focus on UCC’s experience in deploying and managing Windows 10 within our Open Access Student Lab environment and our plans for deployment to staff laptops and desktops. UCC currently uses Microsoft’s System Centre Configuration Manager to manage over 4,000 Windows Server and Client operating systems. Sean O’Mahony will outline the deployment technologies being used at UCC and Barry Foley will focus on why UCC is moving to Windows 10 and how Windows 10 will be managed throughout its lifecycle.

Windows 10.
Windows 10 is due for general availability on the 29th July and UCC plans to begin deployment of the new operating system to student lab PCs before the start of the 15/16 academic term (i.e. August 2015). The University’s deployment and management infrastructure will allow for a zero touch deployment to Open Access Lab computers.

Transition from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 in the student environment.
The talk will focus on the deployment technologies essential to zero touch; Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), ISO imports and task sequences. The talk will address issues encountered during deployments and provide solutions and advice to those planning deployments in their own organisations.

Transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in the staff environment.
We believe that Windows 10 will make the transition from Windows 7 easier for the end users (Windows 7 is currently the standard image for UCC staff). Windows 7 (SP1) is no longer in mainstream support and the end of extended support is January 14th, 2020, which is within the lifetime of PCs currently being purchased. By moving to Windows 10 within an aggressive timeframe UCC will reduce the number of PCs that will have to be upgraded when support for Windows 7 ends.

Management of Windows 10.
Windows 10 will be managed using System Center Configuration Manager. Application deployment, security and, new to Windows 10, Windows Update for Business will be covered during the talk.


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If you require information about any aspect of the conference please contact: Fi Coyle: fiona.coyle@heanet.ie / +353 1 6609040