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Why should IT virtualize Windows 10?

There are several key benefits to virtualizing Windows 10, including making the entire deployment process easier and simplifying patch management.

Once IT professionals decide to make the move to Windows 10, another big question they have to answer is whether...

or not to deliver Microsoft's latest OS through virtualization.

When it comes to virtualizing workstations, it is not one-size-fits-all. Instead, IT professionals should virtualize Windows 10 only for use cases they decide the technology is the best fit for.

Why virtualize Windows 10?

The main benefits motivating IT to virtualize Windows 10 revolve around mitigating risks and improving the chances of a successful deployment.

  • Faster deployment: The real trick for IT pros when it comes to virtualizing Windows 10 is building an image that works for their users. Once IT builds the right Windows 10 images for the right use cases, though, deploying those images is simple because they can get the right resources to the right places on a department-specific or user-specific basis. As a result, using virtualization to deploy Windows 10 images reduces deployment time.
  • Better data security: IT can enjoy the fact that, with virtualization, corporate data lives securely in the heart of the data center. This is particularly beneficial because mobile devices and laptops, which allow users to access their data anywhere, are vulnerable to theft. Virtualization keeps the data off the actual endpoints, which reduces the risks associated with lost or stolen devices.
  • Less downtime for upgrades: By using virtualization to deploy Windows 10, IT pros can easily swap out existing workstations and provide users with access to their new ones. This not only provides them with a quick transition -- no waiting for an upgrade -- but if something goes wrong during the upgrade, IT pros can quickly revert to the previous OS. They just give users back their previous workstations until IT can iron out the wrinkles.
  • Patch testing made easy: When IT deploys VDI correctly, the technology provides a way to test patches without affecting user production. VDI options support different versions of the same Windows 10 image, which allows IT pros to easily update and roll back or update and apply the patch once they've fully tested it. Testing is crucial to identifying any issues before IT rolls Windows 10 patches out to its users.

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What comes next?

Testing is crucial to identifying any issues before IT rolls Windows 10 patches out to its users.

Once IT pros determine that virtualization is the way to go with their Windows 10 deployment, they should analyze their use cases to determine where it makes the most sense to virtualize Windows 10. They should put all the facts on the table to understand how virtualization will affect different areas of their organization.

During this process, IT pros can finalize all their Windows 10 deployment decisions, technical requirements and costs. IT must also keep security in mind. Make sure the security team can voice its opinion and bring the right players to the decision-making table from the beginning to maximize the chances of a successful Windows 10 deployment.

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This was last published in August 2017

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