The projects that 848 get involved in are not just about showing up, connecting cables and turning things on. Find out how one of our Solution Architects works through a Windows 10 migration with infrastructure upgrades.

Our client delivery team have been inundated with Windows 10 migration requests. As part of these projects, are specialists assess the clients readiness in order to deliver a smooth, informed transition into the Modern Workplace.

To give you an understanding of how we use years of expertise and market knowledge to ascertain a client’s true requirements, we have Solutions Architect, Dylan Lawton on hand to provide key insight into how 848 covers all bases and transforms a client’s IT infrastructure.

What was the approach

A brief assessment of the current deployment mechanism highlighted that the existing infrastructure was broadly ok but needed updating with later versions of Microsoft’s deployment tools. It was collectively agreed that a pilot group approach was the best way to expose any initial issues, this highlighted some basic training issues for both end user and helpdesk staff as well as some technical issues.

What was the problem?

Windows 10 offers some compelling new features but also presents some new problems for engineers and end users as Microsoft’s longer term plan shapes up. The customer wanted to remove most of the modern Windows 10 apps as they weren’t applicable to their environment. One issue was the use of shared devices and roaming profiles, these don’t complement a Windows 10 environment and often experience issues with the presentation of the start menu, some simple scripts addressed these issues as an alternative to roaming profiles. The customer’s existing anti-virus software was unsupported by a governing body within the customer’s industry, they therefore required a change and opted to go for the inherent Windows Defender engine centrally managed by Intune, the cloud based management platform.

What was the solution

The customer was keen to leave existing Windows 7 deployment method intact, new builds and rebuilds in the production environment were still required. A new deployment share was deployed and new GPO’s filtered by OS were slotted in with the existing polices. DirectAccess was deployed to allow users to connect to internal resources and Intune deployed to remotely manage the devices.

What was the result

Windows 10 is now Microsoft’s de facto OS, some hardware vendors now only offer drivers for Windows 10. This customer now has a client environment that complements the modern workplace and Microsoft’s direction for OS deployment, logons are quick and users can easily access their internal LAN through the use of DirectAccess. From a management perspective the devices sit under a single application to manage software deployment, policies and Anti-Virus management.

Considering a Windows 10 migration? Connect with Dylan to find out more