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Managing Windows 10 Releases

Falling behind on Windows 10 updates is no option

Adopting Windows 10 forces you to significantly change your deployment and update processes to ensure you stay current with all expected feature and quality updates. Falling behind on updates will result in the loss of service and support by Microsoft and is therefore not an option anymore.

Windows 10 updates will not only be released more often than before, they are also bigger in size as they will be cumulative, and therefore have a bigger potential impact. Typically, larger Windows migration projects required 12 to 18 months of work and occurred every 3 to 5 years. With Windows 10 we must get used to a more continuous process of implementing bigger and smaller changes.

Windows 10 introduces two major feature updates a year

Windows 10 feature updates will be released twice a year, one in springtime (March) and one in the fall (September). As the update cycle is shorter now the changes will be bite-sized chunks compared to the big updates that were released every 3 to 5 years. Microsoft still recommends a preview and pilot period before moving to full production (and some time to phase-out after production). This means that in large organizations 2 or 3 different builds could be in use at the same time.

Windows 10 also introduces 3 to 4 new builds a year

Microsoft is now making new builds available during their development phase. This new practice enables IT administrators at customer organizations to plan and prepare compatibility tests with their existing applications and infrastructure, to validate new features and to provide early feedback on any issues encountered (to relevant ISV’s and to Microsoft).

Microsoft is collecting telemetry (when enabled) on these builds to spot application compatibility and other problems. This helps but is not effective for in-house applications as there simply isn’t enough telemetry reported back. Testing early preview builds also does not guarantee the perfect workings of the final build due to further changes and updates in the builds before production.

Windows 10 quality updates are cumulative (and bigger)

Small updates are typically released on the second Tuesday of each month (“Patch Tuesday”), but when required can be released at any time. These regular updates can consist of security updates, bugfixes, driver updates and more. Windows 10 quality updates are cumulative, which means that installing the latest quality update is enough to get all changes to date. As a result, quality updates will increase in size every month, unless techniques like express updates are implemented.

Avoid Problems by testing Windows updates in advance

Every Windows change may affect the performance of the underlying infrastructure. You must be prepared to understand the exact impact on performance and density of these changes before you go live into production, so business processes will not be disturbed.

Login VSI is the industry standard for VDI performance testing and is the worldwide accepted solution to validate the performance impact of these type of planned changes.

Login VSI indices VSIbase and VSImax offer a widely accepted, and very objective, insight in the baseline performance and scalability of centralized desktop systems, before and after software (or other) changes are made. Applying these tests before and after the implementation of your Windows or other changes will provide you with the data to make timely decisions about the need to scale up hardware, or otherwise fine-tune your systems. Don’t let performance problems caused by Windows 10 builds and updates affect the productivity of your real end-users and harm business in general.

Use Login VSI to test the impact of Windows 10 updates

Contact Login VSI today to get your trial of Login VSI for Load Testing to prevent user-experience problems with Windows 10 builds and updates, and all other changes you will have to make to your Windows-based infrastructure:

  1. You can get a free trial of Login VSI for Load Testing.
  2. If you want to be safe you will need a bigger license. To get an indication of the pricing for your situation please contact sales here. To get more information please fill out the contact form. To get more information please fill out the contact form.

 


 

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About the company Login VSI

The company Login VSI provides end-user performance insights for virtualized desktop and server-based computing environments. Enterprise IT departments use flagship product Login VSI (for load testing) and Login PI (for continuity testing) in all phases of their virtual desktop deployment—from planning to deployment to change management—to build and safeguard a good performance, a high availability, and (as a result) a good and consistent end-user experience. For more information about Login VSI or for a free test license contact us.

 

 

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