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Windows 10 Deployment Scenarios Overview


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With the imminent public release of Windows 10 I have been readying my test environments to be able to deploy and test Windows 10. This is a quick overview of the main deployment scenarios supported and some links to the
software you will need. Also I’ve included some links to a selection of videos from the MS Ignite conference that I found the most useful for someone new to Windows 10 deployment.
Deployment Scenarios
The main deployment scenarios are:
  • Wipe and Load
  • In-place Upgrade
  • Provisioning
Wipe and Load
This is the traditional process and follows these general stages:
  • Wipe device
  • Deploy customised OS image
  • Inject drivers
  • Install applications
Optionally this can include steps to capture and restore user data and/or settings if present on the device (usually laptops). Wipe and Load can be done with both MDT and ConfigMgr.
  • Device will be in a known new state
  • Removes any remnants of old installations, updates and obsolete applications. Over months and years performance and disk space can be adversely affected
  • Can use a custom image that could be pre-updated, or contain applications that rarely change - this can drastically improve deployment times
  • Can have a longer deployment time due to re-installation of all applications post-deployment
  • Must have driver packages available for all machine variants
  • Creating scripts to capture and restore user data can be time-consuming
In-place Upgrade
This is a newer scenario available for clients running Windows 7/8/8.1. Windows setup does most of the work for you:
  • Save existing user data, settings, applications and drivers
  • Deploy original Windows 10 image
  • Restore everything
This is a new scenario introduced with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 and it will be interesting to see how it works in anger. In the Microsoft presentations I’ve seen this is being advertised as the preferred method for upgrading from Windows 7 and 8. I personally prefer a wipe-and-load so that I know everything is clean. Also, new OS deployment is often used as an good opportunity to upgrade major software like Microsoft Office which makes some of the in-place upgrade benefits redundant.
One scenario I think may benefit is the ability to get a Windows client from an OEM and easily upgrade it to Windows 10 while keeping all the drivers it has. Getting the driver packages for new machines was a burden for some smaller companies.
  • Preserves all data: user data, setting, applications and drivers and therefore is potentially less risky
  • Don’t always require new drivers if existing drivers are compatible
  • Often a shorter deployment time
  • Requires less preparation
  • Cannot use a customised image, the original Windows 10 media must be used
  • If a machine had obsolete installations and settings these will remain
This is another new Enterprise-focused scenario designed to help with the situations where a company wants to ship a new Windows 10 machine directly from the OEM to a user and then have enterprise software and policies applied to that machine to bring it into compliance.
This is controlled by a provisioning package (.ppkg) that is obtained and executed on the target machine and can perform the following operations:
  • Change Windows 10 version from Pro to Enterprise and add in Enterprise features, updates and language packs
  • Retains drivers and applications
  • Install or remove Modern UI applications 
  • Enrol into a domain or management solution
Provisioning packages are created with the new Windows Image and Configuration Designer (Windows ICD) tool.
  • Can change Windows from Pro to Enterprise - this previously required a wipe-and-load
  • Enables Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios
  • The available policies are a small - but useful - subset of those available in Group Policy
  • Yet another tool to go into the toolkit along with WinPE, WIMs, MDT, ConfigMgr. Many organisations already struggle with the best way to deploy and now we have a choice of bespoke vs MDT vs ConfigMgr vs MDM vs Windows ICD
  • For remote installations, you need a delivery mechanism and the .ppkg files involved may be large
  • The only applications that can be installed are Modern UI applications. PowerShell scripts and Win32 applications are in the long-term plan.
Deployment Tools and Kits
Here are links to the toolkits you need for MDT and ConfigMgr to deploy Windows 10. Many are in beta or RC stage - I’ll update the links when the final versions are publicly available.
Here are a selection of videos from the MS Ignite conference in May 2015 that I found the most useful:
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Thanks for the post, Jon. I am working at a client's right now in which upgrade discussions have already begun. Thankfully I believe it'll coincide with a hardware refresh, so the number of machines we actually upgrade will be small. And I don't think they'll be ready to even plan a rollout until 2016, but the requests are already piling up for testing resources, both physical and virtual.

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My first post 

from so many days i am trying to make a best image of Windows 10 for our organisation but there are lot of problems i am facing with it

at first i tried audit mode after sysprep cortana cant be click and no where to enable back it. and we got lots of issues on that audit mode so i am making the fresh image with all silent installers using batch file but still there are some softwares need to install manually so i came here today

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Hi everyone!


I know, it is an old post but I just registered on the forum, after all thoses years of using AutoIT.

I made (and still update) a tools based on Microsoft whitepapers to create a recovery environment for Windows 7/8/10 to simplify the create of a factory image (like Dell and other do).


My software is a mix of CMD file, PowerShell and AutoIT scripts.


You may search for "Anarethos Recovery Tools". I don't know/should post a URL since it is my first post.


Just wanted to let you know!

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5 hours ago, Anarethos said:

You may search for "Anarethos Recovery Tools". I don't know/should post a URL since it is my first post.

Welcome, It seems your only purpose is to "plug" the  product?

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Hi! Sorry if it looks like that. I registered yesterday because I planned to ask a question (which I just did in the Support forum) since I am having issue with my said software. While lurking around, I found this thread about Windows 10 imaging and I though my software could be of use to some people installing Windows 10 (and previous) OS so I posted it. I though that a software made in part with AutoIT could please the community!

You can delete my post if you prefer and sorry for that!

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