When my twin sons were around 5 years old, my wife and I decided to purchase them “big boy bikes.”  I remember driving over to the local Walmart…the excitement of getting a new bike shined brilliantly from their faces. Once we arrived we made our way back to the area where the bikes were on display, and let them look around. Before long, they had settled on two red bikes with a large Auto-bot logo on the front. I summoned an employee and asked for two of the bikes to be brought out so we could purchase them. He brought them out on a cart and then asked the most glorious question I have ever heard:


Would you like me to put them together for you?


Now, if any of you have ever assembled kids toys, you have first-hand experience with one of the fundamental laws of reality, represented by the following formula:


PF = CJ x 300


If you are familiar with the mathematical representation, in plain English this translates to: “The amount of joy and excitement a child gets from a toy is 300 times less than the amount of frustration and pain the parent experiences trying to assemble it.”


So you’ll understand when I say that Bob (the Walmart employee) literally became my hero on that fateful day.


Working in the IT field, specifically around OS deployment and management, I am proud to declare that with Windows 10, Microsoft has achieved “Bob-ness.” Windows 10 is simpler to deploy and manage than any other version of Windows past.


However, like any Operating System deployment, there is still a little preparation that must be done before rolling it out in your organization.


In this blog post, we are going to take a brief look at what is required in the areas of Hardware Readiness and Infrastructure Configuration.

Hardware Readiness

With Windows 10, Microsoft was able to provide a modern and secure OS while keeping the hardware requirements pretty much the same as with Windows 7. As a bare minimum, both required a 1Ghz CPU, 20 GB of disk space, and a Direct X 9 compatible video card. The only area of difference is in the area of minimum RAM, which increased from 512 MB to 1GB.


The folks over at TechTalk have, among their many charts and graphs, one that shows average RAM amounts in PCs by year.


(Taken from http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2016/10/05/average-pc-memory-ram-continues-climb/)


If the chart is to be believed, then just about every PC from 2008 and later should meet the memory requirements for Windows 10.


While these requirements cover the basic features of Windows 10, many of the more advanced disk encryption and security features require TPM 2.0, while features like Windows Hello require a compatible camera.

Infrastructure Readiness

Many of the tools that we have used to manage Windows 7 on a daily basis have been updated to support Windows 10 in various capacities. The table below lists some of the supported management tools and what is required to enable Windows 10 support:


Management ToolCapabilitiesRequirements
SCCM 2007Software Update Deployment, Application Deployment OnlyHotfix required
SCCM 2012 / 2012 R2Software Update Deployment, Application Deployment, OS Deployment, Baseline Deployment OnlyLatest SP and CU1
SCCM Current BranchAll Applicable SCCM FeaturesNone
AGPMGroup Policy ManagementVersion 4.0 SP3 or later
App-VVirtual ApplicationsV 5.1 or later
DaRTDiagnostic and recovery tools for issuesV 10 or later
MBAMManagement of Bitlocker Disk Encryption2.5 (2.5 SP1 preferred) or later
UE-VDynamic management of user data2.1 SP1 or later
Intune MDMSoftware Update Deployment, Application Deployment, policy managementInternet Access
3rd Party MDMVariableVerify with vendor
WSUS (Server 2008 R2)Software Update DeploymentHotfix required, Windows 10 / Windows 10 LTSB selected under products.
WSUS (Server 2012 /R2 or later)Software Update Deployment / OS Upgrade DeploymentWindows 10 / Windows 10 LTSB selected under products.
KMS Server (Server 2012 R2 or earlier)Windows ActivationHotfix required
KMS Server (Server 2016 or later)Windows ActivationNone


Microsoft really hit a home run with Windows 10, and I hope the information in this blog post has helped to satisfy some of your concerns.


For more in-depth coverage of this topic, check out our webinar, How Windows 10 Will Change Deployment Operations, on YouTube.

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