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Prepare Now for the Disruptive Trek to Windows 10 Modern Management

Published: 07 September 2018

ID: G00356473

Analyst(s): Andrew Garver, Mark Lockwood


MDM on PCs has been possible for several years, but Microsoft has made important changes to Windows 10 that signal the time to start is now. Technical professionals should take a step back and use this research to answer a pivotal question: Are we ready for modern management?

Table Of Contents


  • What Does It Take to Move to Modern Management?
    • Should I Start Now?
  • What Options Exist for Windows 10 Management Right Now?
  • Why Did Microsoft Introduce Modern Management for Windows 10?
  • Should I Continue to Use My Existing Imaging Processes, and Are Others Doing So?
  • Dynamic Provisioning Moves Client Management Away From Imaging
  • Step-by-Step Preparation Advice
    • Prerequisite Advice
    • Use Application Portfolio Tools to Spot Problematic Configuration or Applications
    • Adapt EUC Operations to Windows 10 Cadence
    • Rationalize and Map GPOs to Windows 10 MDM or Custom UEM Solutions
    • Segment PCs Into CMT, CMT+, MDM+ or Modern Use Cases
    • Validate OEM(s) Services and Images
    • Move to MDM-Compatible Encryption, Driver Updates, Endpoint Protection and Application Patching
    • Rationalize, Repackage or Replace Win32 Application Portfolio
  • MDM Options on Windows 10
    • Windows Information Protection
    • Do I Have to Move to UEM When I Move to Modern Management?
  • Historical Context


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