Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Introduction (Module 1 of 8)


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We ran the "Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp" one day hands-on workshop in early June 2014. These eight modules were designed to get IT managers, project managers, sysadmin and devops up to speed with the new Windows 8.1 and Office 2013. The bootcamp focused on how to move off earlier versions of Windows and Office to a modern desktop and tablet platforms with the latest security and mobility technologies.

Keep an eye in our SlideShare feed for all eight modules:

Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Introduction (Module 1 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Platform Delivery (Module 2 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Windows ToGo (Module 3 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Security (Module 4 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: UE-V (Module 5 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: App-V (Module 6 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Devices (Module 7 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Closing (Module 8 of 8)

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  • Let’s talk about the best tablets for business and the improved user experience across form factors, including touch first tablets, and mouse and keyboard based desktops.
  • Note to presenter(1): Windows 8.1 UI demo (including desktop) is recommended here, with this slide or the next slide being a backdrop or a post-demo summary of what was shown. Please find the demo doc under http://windows8ready under the Commercial tab

    The UI on Windows devices continues to provide a fast and fluid experience. Enhancements available in the Windows 8.1 update focus across a wide range of areas including:
    Start Screen improvements:
    New large and small tile sizes allow you to design the start screen you want. Large tiles provide an extensive canvas for rich live tile updates and information. Small tiles allow you to increase app density where you want it.
    Hero Search Experience
    From PC files to web results, search, powered by Bing, provides a simple-to-read aggregated view. For many key search results Windows provides an integrated view of many content sources to provide the best “answer” for your query. With actionable links for most common tasks you do what you want to do rather then spend your time searching.
    Enhanced windowing and multi-monitor support:
    Enterprise users work on many tasks as once. Now you can have an infinite combination of apps, sizes, and positions across all of your monitors to meet your needs. From the task worker to the most demanding power users configure your apps and screens how you want them.
    See desktop only when you need it:
    With more settings in the modern PC settings and other enhancements you only need to see the desktop when you need it
    Leave the desktop only when you want to
    Want to stay in the desktop experience? With the new start button and enhancements to the desktop you can bring your start screen up right over your desktop background. Rather see the all apps screen when you press start? No problem, you can even reorder it by category, date installed, or name. You can also put your desktop apps at the front of the list. With Windows it doesn’t matter if you want to use touch or mouse and keyboard Windows works the way you want to work.
    IT Start Screen Control
    Set user’s start screen to corporate standards and lock it down. Want to change it later or have different start screens for different groups? No problem, since it based on group policy you can update it at anytime or set the start screen based on a users organizational group or other attributes.
  • Let’s talk about the best tablets for business and the improved user experience across form factors, including touch first tablets, and mouse and keyboard based desktops.
  • Regardless of scenario, Windows 8.1 provides choices for managing Windows devices that connect into your organization’s infrastructure. For organization-owned devices that are routinely connected to the internal networks, traditional enterprise management capabilities are provided using System Center or similar tools, providing full control and management of devices. For employee-owned devices that only access e-mail via Exchange ActiveSync, simple governance features are available to ensure that Windows devices are appropriately secured, providing the right amount of governance required. And now with the new open MDM capabilities, there is a middle ground for light control of BYOD Windows devices: using cloud-based MDM products, appropriate enterprise apps and settings (such as VPN and wireless profiles, as well as common security settings) can be made available to the devices, even when employee-owned.

    Organizations can choose one or all of these solutions, depending on the scenarios that they intend to support – these are not mutually exclusive.

    The mobile device management capabilities provided in-box in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 are based on the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) protocols. Windows devices can enroll with any MDM provider, such as AirWatch, MobileIron, Windows Intune, or any other third-party MDM product that understands how to communicate with the built-in OMA-DM protocols in Windows; no additional agents need to be installed.

    These OMA-DM protocols are designed for secure communication with cloud-based MDM services, requiring little or no infrastructure investments for lightweight management of Windows devices, including employee-owned BYOD devices.

    [Optional] The features provided by the OMA-DM implementation in Windows 8.1 include app deployment (sideloading), VPN and wireless profile management, settings configuration, compliance reporting and inventory, and software updates management.

  • Note to presenter: this slide is optional
    Microsoft’s Unified Device Management Strategy
    Empower Users. Enable IT to provide users with access to the corporate resources (including apps) they need on the devices they choose (including personal devices).
    Unify Management Infrastructure. Reduce costs, maintain compliance, and improve IT efficiency by unifying management and security for PCs and mobile devices in a single infrastructure. System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune combine via a single admin console to help unify device management across a wide variety of device types.

    - By combining Intune and System Center, customers can manage their existing Windows clients, Windows 8 and Windows RT device, and if required MAC OS, IOS, and Android (Exchange Active Sync).
    - While System Center deep management functionality is the best solution for Windows 8, Windows To Go, and MAC OSX, Intune provides the management functionality for Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices (Android via EAS). This enables customers to choose the right client for their needs without sacrificing management and security.
     - With Intune, the infrastructure is based entirely in the cloud, so in effect all devices are managed remotely. This provides a very fast and simple implementation and also allows them to easily outsource the management of devices to a Microsoft partner located virtually anywhere.

    Customers looking to manage across many devices and utilize a single administrative experience based entirely in the Config Mgr console, therefore they are able to manage all of those devices in a single management console.
  • Investments in Windows 8 and Windows 8., combined with ongoing improvements translate into strong enterprise scenarios for customers.

  • The priority for businesses that are still running Windows XP and Office 2003 is to migrate to a modern Windows operating system before Windows XP and Office 2003 reach the end of support on April 8, 2014
    •  Secondly, if customers are currently deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010/2013, we advise them to continue with those deployments, but simultaneously evaluate and pilot Windows 8.1 and Office 365 for mobile scenarios and tablet solutions. Customers deploying or developing apps for Windows 8 should continue as their investments will carry over to Windows 8.1 when available later this year.
    • When refreshing hardware, we recommend customers to purchase Windows touch devices to ensure investments are future proof
    •  With the availability of Windows 8.1 preview we encourage all customers:
    •  Start to evaluate, test and pilot Windows 8.1 in their organization
    •  Also start evaluating Office 365 ProPlus

    Target Windows 8.1 and Office 365 for all their tablet deployments
    •  Target Windows 8.1 and Office 365 ProPlus for adoption across all PC form factors in your organization, including desktops, laptops, all-in-ones and other form factors
    •  Evaluate the opportunity for their  business with new modern  Windows apps developing on Windows 8.1 platform
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise features include all the capabilities that customers get with Windows 8.1, plus premium features designed to provide the mobile productivity, security, manageability and virtualization needs of today’s businesses. Here’s an overview of some of the key features that will be available exclusively to Windows 8 Enterprise customers (and note this is not an exhaustive list):

    Start Screen Control allows customer to manage different start screen configurations for different groups or roles using Group Policy – you can imagine the scenarios this enables, particularly with devices in retail stores, etc.
    As we mentioned previously, Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This will allow IT organizations to support the “Bring Your Own PC” trend and businesses can give contingent staff access to the corporate environment without compromising security. It is important to note that Windows To Go can only be used with active Software Assurance, but the Windows To Go Creator tool is included as an Enterprise Edition feature.
    DirectAccess allows remote users to seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network without having to launch a separate VPN and helps IT administrators keep remote users’ PCs in compliance by applying the latest policies, software updates, is easier to deploy, and it can be implemented with the existing IPv4 infrastructure.
    BranchCache allows users’ PCs to cache files, websites, and other content from central servers, so content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN). When used with Windows Server 2012, there are several improvements to BranchCache to streamline the deployment process, optimize bandwidth over WAN connections and ensure better security and scalabilty.
    VDI: Enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012, provide users with a rich desktop experience with the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios.
    AppLocker can help mitigate issues by restricting the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run.
    Enterprise sideloading: Domain joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise will automatically be enabled to side-load internal, Windows 8.1 modern apps.

    As previously mentioned, rights to Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition are included as a Windows SA benefit.

    With the exception of our subscription agreements (OVS and EAS), Enterprise edition use rights are perpetual for the licensed device, even after SA coverage ends.
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    With MDOP we focus on three areas:
    Virtualize your experience, applications and the operating system
    (More detailed information on MDOP on

    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
    Tag Line - Give you virtually any application anywhere. For mobile users, App-V makes it easier to provision LOB or a productivity app to a user across their Windows PC devices.
    More info – Help you transform desktop applications into a centrally managed service that keep users productive with on-demand applications while making it easy to deploy and service applications throughout the lifecycle.

    Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
    Tag Line – Change the Device, Keep Your Experience. For mobile users, App-V makes it easier to give user access to his/her unique profile, data and settings across their Windows PC devices.
    More info – Provides users a consistent, personal Windows experience that matches their unique Workstyle, while making it easy for it to deliver this user defined experience across many devices.

    Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
    Tag Line: Solves the “last mile” of application compatibility
    More info – Allows you to break through application compatibility barriers as you move to a modern operating system and migrate legacy applications on your own schedule without losing productivity. All while using the same management and deployment tools you use today; no dedicated infrastructure required.

    Manage key Windows features
    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)
    Tag Line – Power change management for Group Policy
    More info - Enhances governance and control over Group Policy through change management, versioning, and role-based administration.

    Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)
    Tag Line - Enterprise-class solution streamlines management of BitLocker, makes it easier for IT organizations to protect mobile devices across their company.
    More info - Makes it easier to secure sensitive information by simplifying the BitLocker provisioning process, monitoring and enforcing encryption compliance, and reducing costs.

    Restore Windows (saving time associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures)
    Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT)
    Tag Line – Accelerate desktop repair onsite and remotely
    More info - Helps IT shift desktop repair planning from reactive to proactive, saving time and reducing the challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing desktop system failures. DaRT includes fourteen administrative, system and network tools for troubleshooting and desktop recovery, that help with issues like recovering deleted files, resetting local passwords, and removing malware.
  • Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Introduction (Module 1 of 8)

    1. 1. Enabling Flexible Workstyles Name Title
    2. 2. Microsoft Strategy for Business Devices and Experiences Users Love Enterprise Grade Solutions Businesses Require
    3. 3. High interest in Windows tablet solutions Businesses take advantage of new Windows apps Windows to Go enabling new customer scenarios Windows 8 security and virtualization advancements address needs of IT New class of devices enables modern business Businesses Adopting and Developing for Windows 8
    4. 4. Windows 8.1 Release on Oct 18th Free update from Windows 8 Building on the Windows 7 and Windows 8 foundation
    5. 5. Best business tablets and PCs Mobility: Productive and connected Empower BYOD Enterprise grade security Windows apps for business Windows for the enterprise
    6. 6. Best Business Tablets and PCs
    7. 7. Windows 8.1: UI Enhancements See the desktop only when you need it Leave the desktop only when you want to Enhanced windowing and multi-monitor support Enhanced Search Experience IT Control of Start Screen
    8. 8. Windows 8.1 UI demo
    9. 9. Supports the latest processors – better performance, increased battery life InstantGo keeps apps up to date Supports new touch displays, both ultra high-res and smaller screen sizes Smaller tablets, natural for portrait mode reading Enables the latest hardware innovation: Miracast, NFC, biometrics A new class of devices TOUCH | LIGHTER, THINNER, FASTER LONG BATTERY LIFE | MODERN SECURITY NEW FORM FACTORS | SENSORS AND CONNECTIVITY
    10. 10. Windows Apps for Business
    11. 11. Windows Apps Across the Enterprise Windows Apps for Business Apps from the Windows Store Internal line of business apps
    12. 12. Windows Apps Delivery in the Enterprise Public WP8 Apps Internal LOB WP8 Apps Install from Windows Store Install from Windows Phone Store Management solution Distribute LOB apps internally Public W Apps Internal LOB W Apps
    13. 13. Office 365 (includes ProPlus) • Familiar & full Office applications • Installed on up to 5 PCs/Macs + 5 mobile devices per user • Use Office Mobile for iPhone or Android* • Access and co-author team documents from almost anywhere; • Connect to cloud storage • Connect to colleagues, external partners through social tools, sites • View presence, connect via audio/web/video conferencing • Access team mailboxes, calendars Connected productivity – with colleagues, other organizationsUser productivity – files and settings roam across devices. Office 365 ProPlus: • Familiar & full Office applications • Locally installed on one PC Office 365 ProPlus: • Familiar & full Office applications • Installed on up to 5 PCs/Macs + 5 mobile devices per user • Use Office Mobile for iPhone or Android* * Office Mobile is an exclusive right to Office 365 and cannot be purchased without Office 365
    14. 14. • Familiar & full Office user experience • Fast deployment & broad management controls • Per-user licensing Office 365 ProPlus:
    15. 15. Deploy Office fast without giving up control
    16. 16. Microsoft is committed to keep providing additional value for Office 365 subscribers PowerMap Lync Mobile Client Updates Professional Plus 2013 February 2013 Future ProPlus Licensing & Deployment Lync Meeting Scheduling from OWA Office Mobile for iPhone & Android Phones OWA for iPad & iPhone Office Web Apps Updates OneNote on iPad, iPhone & Android Lync Client Updates
    17. 17. New deployment features in Click-to- Run for faster installation and side-by-side Enhanced Security for Office Clients and Services Broad Management and New Telemetry Capabilities
    18. 18. Mobility: Productive and Connected
    19. 19. Mobility: Productive and connected Work anywhere on any Windows device Access your data and apps on any Windows device Connect to your networks on the go Your PC in your pocket with Windows To Go Wirelessly connect to peripherals CORPORATE NETWORK INTERNET
    20. 20. Windows 8.1: Connectivity Enhancements SoC-integrated mobile broadband Native Miracast wireless display Wi-Fi Direct printing Your PC as a personal hotspot NFC tap to pair with enterprise printers
    21. 21. Productive on the Go with Microsoft Office Communicate and contribute across Windows devices Communicate in real-time with Lync Manage your email and calendar with outlook Protect sensitive content with IRM Experience full fidelity of the Office documents across devices
    22. 22. Enterprise Grade Security
    23. 23. Windows Security Capabilities Modern Access Control Malware Resistance Trustworthy Hardware Secure Corporate Data
    24. 24. Empower BYOD
    25. 25. Empower BYOD Flexible solutions for your business Joining workplace with personal devices Windows To Go VDI* Device Management *Powered by Remote Desktop Services
    26. 26. Managing Windows Devices Exchange ActiveSync Mobile Device Management via OMA-DM Enterprise Management Governance Full Control Windows 8.1 provides choices Choose by device based on scenario or capabilities needed Consider employee versus organization-owned, BYOD, connectivity Organizations may choose all three
    27. 27. Device Management Across Platforms Devices & Platforms IT Windows PCs/Tablets (x86/64, Intel SoC), Windows To Go Windows RT Windows Phone 8 Single admin console Android Mac OS X iOS Android Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) UE-V, App-V, MBAM
    28. 28. In Summary
    29. 29. Summary - Windows 8.1 enterprise scenarios Windows in your back pocket Work Anywhere on Any Windows Device Malware Resistance Modern Access Control Secure Corporate Data Simplify Virtual Desktops Best Business Tablets Windows apps across the Enterprise Device Management Developing and delivering appsGreat on all PCs Best Business Tablets and PCs Mobility: Productive and Connected Empower BYOD Enterprise Grade Security Windows Apps for Business
    30. 30. Customer guidance Evaluate Windows 8.1 Preview and Office 365 Download and evaluate Start developing Windows apps for your business Evaluate Windows 8.1 tablets for all your tablet deployments Target Windows 8.1 and Office 365 ProPlus for adoption across all PC form factors in your company Deploying Windows 7/Office 2010/Office 2013 today? Continue your deployment, bring in Windows 8 tablets side by side Target Windows touch devices for hardware refresh Still on Windows XP and Office 2003? Move quickly to a modern OS before April 2014