The 1E solution offers the only zero-touch, high-performance, fully automated engine for Windows 10 deployments. Uniquely, the entire process can be automated whether performing an in-place upgrade, a wipe and load (including the crucial step of enabling UEFI for the advanced security features of Windows 10) or replacing hardware.
The only way to achieve massive scale – and 1E have achieved thousands of OS migrations in parallel – is to automate everything to remove expensive manual steps. Take a wipe and load update, which is the most complex scenario, as an example:
Once the user schedules their update, the automation engine starts the process at the requested time by backing up user data and settings to a local peer which avoids expensive storage at remote sites and can keep multiple copies for peace of mind.
The system is switched from BIOS to UEFI mode and the disk repartitioned and reformatted. This is a unique built-in capability that supports all the major hardware vendors.
Windows 10 is installed from pre-staged content on a local peer. Network traffic is avoided and the installation runs across the high-speed LAN. This process also handles any necessary PXE boot, again from a local peer. All of this is automated even if peers holding content have been powered-down.
Applications are intelligently re-installed, again from a local peer. Only the required applications and versions are re-installed depending on usage and the preferred policies of the IT organization. Unused software doesn’t get re-installed so licenses are freed-up to be used elsewhere.
The user’s data and settings are restored from the local peer and the system is ready for the user to return to their work.
The entire process needs zero manual intervention – the secret to massive scalability.
As the entire process is automated, it can easily be initiated by the user through our Enterprise App Store. Administrators control which users get the migration option in the portal and when, allowing users to migrate immediately or schedule their migration for a more suitable time.
Users are empowered to control when the update takes place, so it doesn’t affect their work.
IT resources are freed up from having to visit every desk or have all machines returned to them to start the update.
Keeping the infrastructure simple
SCCM does a great job with automating OS Deployment. But it does require a lot of infrastructure to do it properly everywhere. You need local Distribution Points to manage the huge amount of
content required. You need PXE servers to build new computers, or to re-provision existing ones. And you need State Migration Points to store user data during the wipe-and-load process.
Using native SCCM requires this infrastructure in every location, or you compromise by having inconsistent processes for different locations across your enterprise.
1E uses peer-to-peer technology to eliminate the need for DPs, PXE servers and State Migration Points in your remote locations. Content is downloaded once per location using bandwidth management that prioritizes all other traffic (so your business traffic doesn’t slow down). The content is then shared among peers within the location.
Our solution provides the means to deliver a consistent experience to all your users across your enterprise with a significantly consolidated SCCM infrastructure. With SCCM Current Branch updates being released 2-3 times a year in line, with Windows 10 Feature Releases, keeping the infrastructure simple makes updating it faster and easier.
Eliminating remote servers has added benefits too. We’ve found from our customers that a DP typically requires 12-14 hours per year admin time. Even with just 100 locations, that’s 175 days a year looking after DPs!
The 1E Promise to you
There will always be some devices that will require some manual intervention, but 1E will always aim to achieve a 100% automated process that works for 90% of your devices so that the entire migration completes without any intervention – no desk-side visits, and full self-service for users where appropriate.