Preparing Windows Domain to deploy Windows 10

Windows 10 has arrived and is here to stay. Most organization will still be running Windows 7 as there preferred OS for Enterprise Desktops and Laptops. However, main stream support for Windows 7 will cease in January of 2015.

Time to take a look at your Windows Domain Based enviroment to establish what needs to be done to fully support Windows 10.

Domain Functional Level
According to Mircosoft a Windows 10 machine can be joint to a domain as long as the domains functional level is Windows Server 2003 or higher. Windows 2000 is not supported anymore.

Administrative Templates for GPO settings
To fully support all Windows 10 setting via GPO’s the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 should be installed. The minimum support Windows Server version here is 2008.

System Center Endpoint Protection
If you organization is using SCEP deployed via SCCM, native support for Windows 10 is provided by SCCM 2012 SP2 (or SCCM 2012 R2 SP1).

With Windows 10 a new browser named “Edge” has been announced as the new standard browser. This browser will not, in its current state, replace Internet Explorer but there is no doubt that the main chunk of development will happen here. Internet Explorer 11 is still available with Windows 10 and of course can still be used in conjunction with Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer, that is designed to help companies migrating old versions of Internet Explorer to version 11 (starting and still running on Windows 7). Many people still don’t know this functionality exists, but its capability of emulating Internet Explorer 8 will greatly help you migrate your old business critical websites. However, it’s clear that Microsoft will be pushing and recommends to start testing on Microsoft Edge.

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