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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Windows 10 OSD Solution: Part 1

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SCCM professionals… have you moved your company to Windows 10 yet? The entire company?

If yes: Congratulations, you are way ahead of almost everybody else. Exit this blog post, and the rest of this series! Also, treat yourself to a beer somewhere nice like Paris, Bangkok, London, Singapore, or Minneapolis (come to MMS and gloat).

If not: Continue….

While deploying secure Windows 10 is critical to your company’s future, you may have tens of thousands—or millions—of computers to migrate to Windows 10. Every company wants Windows 10 to happen as quickly as possible. This puts a lot of stress on IT professionals like you.

Like any sensible SCCM pro, you’re probably looking for technology to help speed up your Windows 10 Operating System Deployment (OSD). Choosing the right solution can help you succeed in making your company more secure and productive. In this multipart blog series, I’ll discuss questions that any organization with more than a thousand computers should consider when deciding between solutions.

How much infrastructure can it eliminate?

For decades, global endpoint management solutions have used a server-intensive architecture. In that scenario, a server at each remote facility receives software and updates over the company WAN and stores (caches) it at that location. The caching server, called a distribution point (DP) in SCCM, then shares the software with other systems on the local LAN. This works well when the servers are running correctly. However, it requires an army of servers and all the maintenance and costs that go along with that. Also, deploying a global server infrastructure to thousands of locations can take years.

Adaptiva OneSite™ solves this problem with secure, enterprise-grade peer-to-peer technology that replaces servers. It can eliminate all remote distribution points by using PCs and laptops to share and distribute content. When a PC needs content, OneSite intelligently downloads it from other peers on the local network. If not present locally, OneSite downloads it from the logically closest source on the WAN (usually another office’s peer-to-peer network). Your worldwide content cache becomes your worldwide content distribution engine—all without servers.

Server infrastructure is expensive and time consuming. Peer-to-peer technology can reduce or eliminate it. Microsoft has introduced a couple of peer technologies that can help in some non-mission critical scenarios (learn more here). You may find other solutions on the market as well. When evaluating the infrastructure reduction solutions, be sure to make an informed decision.

Questions to ask:

  • Does the solution replace all remote SCCM servers, or just “most?”
  • Can it safely replace the need for a server at a facility, with no negative impact to the speed and reliability of business operations?
  • Will the solution intelligently download new content from the logically nearest peer on the WAN, or is it forced to go across the WAN to an SCCM DP server every time it needs to download new content?

What’s Next?

Choosing the right Windows 10 OSD technology for a distributed organization can be daunting. There are countless factors to consider, and every company is unique. In this blog series I’ll introduce a new topic every week or two, and give you questions to consider. When you finally make a selection, we want you to rest well at night knowing you chose the right technology.

Bill Bernat
Director of Product and Content Marketing, Adaptiva

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