OS Deployment Strategies: Maintaining & Managing Modern Systems

Windows    |    Intermediate
  • 12 videos | 49m 44s
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Keeping your systems current is a primary concern of any organization, not only to ensure that your systems do not create vulnerabilities or expose weaknesses that could be exploited by attackers, but to ensure reliable and stable day-to-day operations. In this course, you'll explore the numerous Windows features available to administrators to simplify the management and maintenance of clients and server systems. You'll also learn about features such as Group Policy and Windows Server Update Services that allow administrators to centralize management and configuration of operating systems and users settings. Finally, you'll learn how to deploy and maximize these administrative features, as well as others that come standard with Windows.


  • Discover the key concepts covered in this course
    Provide an overview of windows group policy
    Describe how to deploy windows 10 updates using windows server update services
    Provide an overview of windows update for business
    Differentiate between the two methods of peer-to-peer content distribution in windows 10 - delivery optimization and branchcache
    Provide an overview of express update delivery in windows 10
  • Describe how to monitor windows updates with update compliance
    Recognize how to deploy updates for windows 10 mobile editions
    Provide an overview of key concepts relating to windows as a service
    Provide an overview of desktop analytics
    Provide an overview of dynamic provisioning
    Summarize the key concepts covered in this course


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  • 8m 12s
    In this video, you'll learn more about Windows Group Policy objects. These are commonly used in an Active Directory environment to centralize the management of both clients and servers. You'll learn that group policies enhance security through restrictions and configuring features that can protect against infiltration or breaches. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Windows Server Update Services
    4m 58s
    In this video, you'll learn more about Windows Server Update Services, or WSUS. You'll learn this is a role that can be installed on any Windows Server, giving you a centralized updates hub. All updates can be downloaded to the WSUS server and reviewed, tested, and approved by an administrator before being deployed through your organization. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Windows Update for Business
    6m 28s
    In this video, you'll learn more about Windows Update for Business. This can provide an organization with an alternative to managing how updates are deployed. You'll learn that to achieve better control over updates, many organizations implement Windows Server Update Services, or WSUS. This provides much better consistency and reliability and is commonly used. However, some organizations may not have the infrastructure in place to implement WSUS. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Optimizing Windows 10 Update Delivery
    3m 12s
    In this video, you'll learn more about options for optimizing the delivery of updates throughout your organization. You'll learn there are only two options, Delivery Optimization and BranchCache. Delivery Optimization is based on peer-to-peer delivery. This means as soon as any given client has obtained the updates from its update source, it can then act as a distribution point for other clients on the same network. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Express Update Delivery
    3m 7s
    This video provides an overview of the Express Update delivery feature for Windows 10 updates, which helps reduce the download size. This featre applies to quality updates onl. Since quality updates are cumulative, an update might be released but if or when another is released for the same feature, it will include updates A and B. This is because it doesn't attempt to install an update that might depend on the earlier update. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Monitoring Windows Updates
    5m 37s
    In this video, you'll learn how to monitor Windows Updates by using the Update Compliance feature, which is a cloud service offering from Microsoft (and not a locally installed tool.) The benefit of this feature is that organizations can comprehensively monitor any aspect of an updates deployment. Once you do get it up and running, it can most certainly be a very valuable tool for the site reliability engineer. Update Compliance is a Windows service hosted in Azure. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  Updating Windows 10 Mobile
    2m 2s
    In this video, you'll learn more about deploying updates specifically for Windows 10 Mobile, Mobile Enterprise, and Windows 10 IoT Mobile. You'll learn how these deal with embedded versions of the operating system in a variety of devices such as those in a smart home or a security system. The reason the Mobile editions are being addressed separately is due to the fact they're more limited than other editions. This affects how updates can be managed. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  Windows as a Service
    6m 15s
    In this video, you'll learn more about the key concepts of Windows as a Service. This is an approach that defines how updates are managed across your organization. You'll learn how this new approach was introduced with Windows 10 and keeps systems current. It applies structure and predictability to the process which translates into a more reliable implementation. You'll learn that feature updates introduce something new into the operating system while quality updates address issues with components that are already present. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  Desktop Analytics
    2m 53s
    In this video, you'll learn more about Desktop Analytics, a cloud-based service that integrates with Endpoint Configuration Manager to provide greater insight and intelligence into the update readiness of your environment. You'll learn about how this is a cloud service, not something that can be implemented with Configuration Manager. When implemented, it gathers data about systems in your organization and aggregates data from millions of devices connected to the cloud. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Dynamic Provisioning
    4m 30s
    In this video, you'll learn about Dynamic Provisioning with Windows 10. This refers to the process of transforming a system from its out-of-box state into a state that suits the needs of your organization. This is because it is a fairly modern approach that's becoming more common due to the prevalence of cloud services. And if you're using dynamic provisioning, the method you choose can directly tie into how you'll implement Windows updates. FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Course Summary
    1m 9s


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