Windows 10

What to consider when deploying Windows 10 for your clients

If you’re wondering about whether you should deploy Windows 10 for your clients, there are a number of considerations to make. Marathon’s team of experts has carried out a variety of migration projects over a 25 year span, with the most recent including migrating many customers to Windows 10. Despite the deadline for the free download passing, it’s still worth looking at how your customers could benefit from it now and into the future.

Reduced updates for older systems

One consideration for deploying Windows 10 for your clients is that, as time goes on, the updates for older operating systems will be gradually reduced, with the view to all customers eventually moving over to Windows 10. Some customers may have been hesitant to take up the offer whilst it was free to migrate to Windows 10, but now the teething stages are over, it should be a move that you might look towards completing. Delaying this move might lead to complications and slower running systems.

Driver Compatibility

Windows 10 includes a number of changes to the driver model, which may mean that any desktops, mobiles and tablets that have previously been used may require updating before being compatible to use with Windows 10. All devices connected via USB should be disconnected during the installation process for this to be successful. In some cases, this can mean updating certain hardware – however this can be a prime opportunity to upsell some new hardware to meet your clients’ needs, and address how their hardware can be upgraded to make their whole infrastructure more efficient.

Windows as a Service

One of the major differences with Windows 10 is that it can be considered as a service. Previous versions were considered products, so this change carries implications for Windows users. There will be things such as sponsored content being automatically bundled on, which can only be removed later on. However, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 as a service that they will keep “current for the supported lifetime of a device – at no extra cost.”

Infrastructure Requirements

Before you deploy Windows 10 for your clients, you need to make sure that it’s feasible for a smooth transition. Their infrastructure should be prepared, including ensuring that there’s enough disk space for the installation files (which is around 8GB for Windows 10). This is a great time to think about increasing server storage to manage the I/O impact and upgrade hardware to provide not only a smooth deployment process, but also greater overall productivity.

Planning for migration

The most important thing before deploying Windows 10 for your clients is planning for the migration process. Having a plan in place will highlight concerns or changes that need to be made before the process begins, which will remove any hurdles that could prevent a successful deployment.

It’s also useful to remember that Windows 10 is being deployed on an ongoing basis, as a service from Microsoft. This means that there will be new features added over time, with improvements being rolled out 2 or 3 times per year and removing the need to update to a completely new version of Windows every few years.

For support with migrating your clients’ infrastructure to Windows 10 or for advice regarding the deployment process, call Marathon’s experienced engineers today on 020 8329 1000.

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