As experts in systems management, and with over 20 years of experience in making SCCM work better, we have launched a new product, Tachyon, the fastest platform to query and control all your endpoints. It transforms urgent ad-hoc issue identification and resolution time from hours to minutes.
You achieve this by holding a conversation – live with every endpoint – as if you were at every device. This gives you the confidence and agility to move at the pace of any IT incident, security threat or compliance risk.
In the 1E Tachyon session we show how to:
Slash troubleshooting and resolution times – Find and fix application, configuration and operating system faults across all of your endpoints
Faster security investigation and response – Find and remediate the machines on your network that have been cyber-attacked by organized crime
Immediately action urgent business requests – Rapidly respond to regulatory compliance, security and software asset management (SAM) audits
Today I had a wonderful time speaking at HASMUG. One of the biggest issues is getting to Windows 10 securely which starts with UEFI configured and Secure Boot enabled. I will write a blog post about the need for that security shortly. This post are the links to resources about compelling events to go to Windows 10.
Windows 10 Compelling events
I am going to skip all the obvious reasons like W10 is better than previous versions. Lots of posts on that elsewhere.
Windows 7 goes End of Life (EOL) Jan 14 2020 (less than 38 months)
Like the end of XP support you will have to migrate soon. Better get off Windows 7 before it goes EOL Jan 14 2020. How long did you W7 project take … 2 years? You need to start in January 2017… in 3 months.
Lifecycle Start Date
Mainstream Support End Date
Extended Support End Date
Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Modern Lifecycle Policy
Previously you would do a major OS upgrade every 5-7 years (NT > 2000 > XP > W7). With the Modern Lifecycle you are now doing a full OS upgrade at least once per year. Microsoft is talking about 4 OS updates cadence a year by 2018. 1E can make the change from W7 to W10 an automated process with SCCM. And every current branch afterwards.
Came into effect Aug 25th 2016. Short version: The official verbiage that Microsoft only supports supported versions (usually less than 1 year time frame) and you must be paying money to get support. Much faster than the old 5 + 5 Model. Change is coming fast and furious. What is this Change Control you speak of?
Customers must stay current as per the servicing and licensing requirements published for the product or service.
Nothing surprising here, except almost always less than 1 year now. Just look at LifeCycle dates.
Customers must have the rights to use the product or service.
You have to own / pay for it. This is usually now monthly SAAS models versus perpetual
Microsoft must currently offer support for the product or service.
To stay current, a customer must accept all servicing updates and apply them within a specific timeframe, per the licensing and service requirements for the product or service. The requirements may be found under the Notes column when searching by offering on theMicrosoft Product Lifecycle Search page.
What happens if a Roll-up Patch breaks apps… how do I Stay Current?
Generally, customers may contact Microsoft for support for products within their lifecycle if they encounter an issue with an updated product in their environment. If a customer rolls back a patch due to an issue related to it, Microsoft will work to fix the problem so the customer can stay current. If a customer calls about something unrelated, Microsoft will help them install the patch and then will try to resolve the new issue.
Microsoft Applications that are relevant to this post
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch
This means not only do we only use available bandwidth via ReverseQOS but we also only elect a single master to go across the WAN on SCCM deployment (unlike Peer Cache which only shares after a client has everything). Great for Azure hosted or Cloud DPs to save tons of money (Transfer data once if not already locally available – no servers)