OSD Week returns next month with Johan Arwidmark and Dave Kawula, both leading experts in the field, passing on their knowledge on how to deploy operating systems (Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) and applications using ConfigMgr 2012 R2.
There are two main technical factors with implementing a new Operating System across your enterprise: Ensuring you have an infrastructure that can support the migration process, and acquiring the expertise to upgrade your end user workstations with minimal effort. Of course, this transitions into the ever-present “build or buy” question. Regardless of the path an organization chooses to take when initiating an SOE upgrade, it is critical that internal resources be fully trained on the solution.
In the past, it was simple enough to send the team on a Microsoft course or bring a trainer in to go through the product. Today however, organizations are reaping the benefits of third party solutions for core products, and have heavily customized environments. Learning the “textbook” method of a product like Configuration Manager does little more than form a baseline from which to start.
By incorporating some quality tools, you see a reduction in server, operating, and support costs, while providing a familiar self-service portal to your end users…not just for software requests, but to schedule their OS upgrade as well. Unfortunately, the only third party training typically offered to a team is during product implementation. When the time comes to plan the next SOE upgrade, technology has changed and possibly staff as well.
During OSDWeek, Johan teaches you how to optimize your infrastructure to support the migration to Windows 7/8.1. He uses proven methodologies to help scale out Configuration Manager to meet your organizations’ needs, builds core concepts critical to creating a stable deployment solution, and introduces you to the possibilities in deployment automation. He guides you to building an OSD task sequence that supports multiple deployment scenarios, and teaches you how to optimize it for maximum success and performance.
Dave will guide you to implementing an efficient design that will simplify your Configuration Manager architecture, reduce support costs, and enable end users to take an active role in scheduling a migration. Building on Johan’s OSD sequence, he will show you how to implement Nomad to provide full OSD functionality, without the use of DPs or State Migration Points. By integrating AppClarity into the sequence, unused software will be removed during a user’s upgrade. He will instruct you on how to use 1E Shopping to replace applications during deployment, and what the end-user (and back-end) experience is like when someone schedules their own OS upgrade.
The entire week is jam-packed with real world scenarios, lessons learned, and best practices with building an Operating System Deployment Solution for your enterprise. Since a great car needs a great engine, architectural advice is also discussed throughout the five days. You come out of the course with a solid understanding of the inter-workings of a Configuration Manager environment that is optimized with ActiveEfficiency®, and how to make OSD really shine.