Preparing for Windows 10 and UEFI at Microsoft Ignite: Full Presentation

Tomorrow (12 PM EDT / 5 PM BST | October 19) the second webinar in our current series goes live, The Expert Guide to Scalable Windows 10 Migrations – Avoid the hidden pitfalls!

It will include a full review of the end-to-end Windows 10 migration process for large organizations, identifying common roadblocks and (most importantly) showing you know how to avoid them. If you haven’t already registered – do so today.

One of those obstacles concerns that increasingly familiar (but still little understood) acronym UEFI. When it comes to UEFI, 1E is a real thought leader, something exemplified by the invitation our latest Microsoft MVP, Mike Terrill, had to present a conference breakout session at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta last month. The interest surrounding UEFI was reflected in the large attendance.

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UEFI is effectively a replacement for BIOS, which has been around since the early seventies and is very limited in what it can do in terms of disk sizes. In addition, UEFI has native architecture for 32 bit or 64 bit: it can take advantage of all the RAM on a system.

Perhaps the most significant specific enhancement UEFI offers, however, is that it facilitates Secure Boot, which alongside features such Device Guard and Credential Guard helps make Windows 10 the most secure enterprise operating system ever. One form of attack these help enterprises defend against is the notorious pass-the-hash, whereby an attacker able to access the hash of a local administrator can use it to compromise an entire network.

While Microsoft has done a great job on the in-place upgrade scenario for Windows 10, if you’re a BIOS system, and you do an in-place Windows 10 upgrade, you’re going to still be a BIOS system on the other side of the migration, which pretty much defeats the point for any enterprise eager to reach Windows 10 because of those security features.

Of course, not everyone was able to go to Atlanta last month. So, if the whole question of Windows 10 security is important to you, here’s the session in full. (And don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s webinar covering the full gamut of potential Windows 10 roadblocks, either.)

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Thomas McGrath
Thomas McGrath is a journalist, presenter and digital content specialist. He has written for the likes of Telecoms.com, Digital TV Europe and Business Cloud News, among others, covering topics such as apps, the Internet of Things and TV. He lives in London with his wife, son and cat.