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    Overview of Windows 10 as a service


    Current Branch

    In the CB servicing model, feature updates are available as soon as Microsoft releases them. Windows 10 version 1511 had few servicing tool options to delay CB feature updates, limiting the use of the CB servicing branch. Windows 10 version 1607, however, includes more servicing tools that can delay CB feature updates for up to 180 days. The CB servicing model is ideal for pilot deployments and testing of Windows 10 feature updates and for users such as developers who need to work with the latest features immediately.
    When Microsoft officially releases a feature update for Windows 10, that update is marked for CB, making it available to any PC not configured to defer feature updates so that those machines can immediately install it. Organizations that use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, or Windows Update for Business, however, can defer CB feature updates to selective machines by withholding their approval and deployment. In this scenario, the content available for CB will be available but not necessarily immediately mandatory, depending on the policy of the management system. Only one CB build of Windows is supported at a time, so those clients not on the most current build will not receive quality updates (after a 60 day grace period) until the most current feature update has been installed. For more details about Windows 10 servicing tools, see Servicing tools.

    Current Branch for Business

    Organizations typically prefer to have a testing cycle before broadly deploying new features to business users. For Windows 10, most pilot testing will be done using the CB servicing branch. In contrast, the CBB servicing branch is typically used for broad deployment. Windows 10 clients in the CBB servicing branch receive the same build of Windows 10 as those in the CB servicing branch, just at a later time. CB releases are transitioned to CBB after about 4 months, indicating that Microsoft, independent software vendors (ISVs), partners, and customers believe that the release is ready for broad deployment. Therefore, CB and CBB have an inherent “staging” effect. Both of these branches have a purpose in the overall deployment process for an enterprise, providing another layer of testing capabilities in addition to the traditional phased deployment methods to specific groups of machines. Microsoft will support two CBB builds at a time, plus a 60 day grace period. Each feature update release will be supported and updated for a minimum of 18 months.


    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Note Organizations can electively delay CB and CBB updates into as many phases as they wish by using one of the servicing tools mentioned in the section Servicing tools.



    Basically, CBB is a configuration state, meaning that if a computer has the Defer Updates and Upgrades flag enabled—either through Group Policy, a mobile device management product like Microsoft Intune, or manually on the client—it’s considered to be in the CBB servicing branch. The benefit of tying this servicing model and CB to a configuration state rather than a SKU is that they are easily interchangeable. If an organization accidentally selects CBB on a machine that doesn’t need delayed updates, it’s simple to change it back.

    Long-term Servicing Branch

    Specialized systems—such as PCs that control medical equipment, point-of-sale systems, and ATMs—often require a longer servicing option because of their purpose. These devices typically perform a single important task and don’t need feature updates as frequently as other machines in the organization. It’s more important that these devices be kept as stable and secure as possible than up to date with user interface changes. The LTSB servicing model prevents Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB devices from receiving the usual feature updates and provides only quality updates to ensure that device security stays up to date. With this in mind, quality updates are still immediately available to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB clients, but customers can choose to defer them by using one of the servicing tools mentioned in the section Servicing tools.


    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Note LTSB is not intended for deployment on most or all the PCs in an organization; it should be used only for special-purpose devices. As a general guideline, a PC with Microsoft Office installed is a general-purpose device, typically used by an information worker, and therefore it is better suited for the CB or CBB servicing branch.



    Microsoft never publishes feature updates through Windows Update on devices that run Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. Instead, it typically offers new LTSB releases every 2–3 years, and organizations can choose to install them as in-place upgrades or even skip releases over a 10-year life cycle.


    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Note Windows 10 LTSB will support the currently released silicon at the time of release of the LTSB. As future silicon generations are released, support will be created through future Windows 10 LTSB releases that customers can deploy for those systems. For more information, see Supporting the latest processor and chipsets on Windows in Lifecycle support policy FAQ - Windows Products.



    LTSB is available only in the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB edition. This build of Windows doesn’t contain many in-box applications, such as Microsoft Edge, Windows Store client, Cortana (limited search capabilities remain available), Microsoft Mail, Calendar, OneNote, Weather, News, Sports, Money, Photos, Camera, Music, and Clock. Therefore, it’s important to remember that Microsoft has positioned the LTSB model primarily for specialized devices.


    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Note If an organization has devices currently running Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB that it would like to change to the CB or CBB servicing branch, it can make the change without losing user data. Because LTSB is its own SKU, however, an upgrade is required from Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB to Windows 10 Enterprise, which supports CB and CBB.



    Windows Insider

    For many IT pros, gaining visibility into feature updates early—before they’re available to the CB servicing branch—can be both intriguing and valuable for future end user communications as well as provide additional prestaging for CB machines. With Windows 10, feature flighting enables Windows Insiders to consume and deploy preproduction code to their test machines, gaining early visibility into the next build. Testing the early builds of Windows 10 helps both Microsoft and its customers because they have the opportunity to discover possible issues before the update is ever publicly available and can report it to Microsoft. Also, as flighted builds get closer to their release to CB, organizations can test their deployment on test machines for compatibility validation.

    Microsoft recommends that all organizations have at least a few PCs enrolled in the Windows Insider Program and provide feedback on any issues they encounter. For information about how to sign up for the Windows Insider Program and enroll test devices, go to https://insider.windows.com.


    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Note The Windows Insider Program isn’t intended to replace CB deployments in an organization. Rather, it provides IT pros and other interested parties with prerelease Windows builds that they can test and ultimately provide feedback on to Microsoft.



    Servicing tools

    There are many tools with which IT pros can service Windows as a service. Each option has its pros and cons, ranging from capabilities and control to simplicity and low administrative requirements. The following are examples of the servicing tools available to manage Windows as a service updates:

    • Windows Update (stand-alone) provides limited control over feature updates, with IT pros manually configuring the device to be in the CBB servicing branch. Organizations can control which devices defer updates and stay in the CBB servicing branch or remain in CB by selecting the Defer upgrades check box in Start\Settings\Update & Security\Advanced Options on a Windows 10 client.
    • Windows Update for Business is the second option for servicing Windows as a service. This servicing tool includes a little more control over update deferment and provides centralized management using Group Policy. In Windows 10 version 1511, Windows Update for Business can be used to defer feature updates for up to 8 months and quality updates for up to 4 weeks. Also, these deferment options were available only to clients in the CBB servicing branch. In Windows 10 version 1607 and later, Windows Update for Business can be used to defer feature updates for up to 180 days and quality updates for up to 30 days. These deployment options are available to clients in either the CB or CBB servicing branch. In addition to being able to use Group Policy to manage Windows Update for Business, either option can be configured without requiring any on-premises infrastructure by using Intune. In addition to Intune, organizations can use Group Policy to manage Windows Update for Business.
    • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) provides extensive control over Windows 10 updates and is natively available in the Windows Server operating system. In addition to the ability to defer updates, organizations can add an approval layer for updates and choose to deploy them to specific computers or groups of computers whenever ready.
    • System Center Configuration Manager provides the greatest control over servicing Windows as a service. IT pros can defer updates, approve them, and have multiple options for targeting deployments and managing bandwidth usage and deployment times.
    With all these options, which an organization chooses depends on the resources, staff, and expertise its IT organization already has. For example, if IT already uses System Center Configuration Manager to manage Windows updates, it can continue to use it. Similarly, if IT is using WSUS, it can continue to use that. For a consolidated look at the benefits of each tool, see Table 1.

    Table 1
    Servicing tool Can updates be deferred? Ability to approve updates Peer-to-peer option Additional features Windows Update Yes (manual) No Delivery Optimization None Windows Update for Business Yes No Delivery Optimization Other Group Policy objects WSUS Yes Yes BranchCache or Delivery Optimization Upstream/downstream server scalability Configuration Manager Yes Yes BranchCache, Client Peer Cache Distribution points, multiple deployment options
    Steps to manage updates for Windows 10


    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Learn about updates and servicing branches (this topic)
    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Prepare servicing strategy for Windows 10 updates
    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Build deployment rings for Windows 10 updates
    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Assign devices to servicing branches for Windows 10 updates
    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Optimize update delivery for Windows 10 updates
    Overview of Windows 10 as a service [​IMG]
    Manage updates using Windows Update for Business
    or Manage Windows 10 updates using Windows Server Update Services
    or Manage Windows 10 updates using System Center Configuration Manager
    Source: Overview of Windows as a service (Windows 10)
     
    Brink, Oct 11, 2016
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  2. I assume MS means, devices controlled by the actual owner, instead of MS.

    :)
     
    lehnerus2000, Oct 12, 2016
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  3. c8a1f2a5-41f1-4c8c-ba29-4bd7ad8a27d9, Oct 12, 2016
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  4. Rob Koch Win User

    Overview of Windows 10 as a service

    Unauthorised 'creators update'

    Did you ever read anything relating to the licensing for Windows 10 when you bought or originally authenticated the operating system?

    If you had it should have been clear that this is exactly how the Windows 10 as a service system was designed to operate, evolving over time to change the operating system as the technical requirements including security and applications moved into the future.

    Overview of Windows as a service

    In other words, this is not only to be expected, but would be a dereliction of their license agreement with you if Microsoft didn't perform these updates as provided in their agreement.

    Not reading or understanding any of this isn't Microsoft's fault, it's entirely yours.

    Rob
     
    Rob Koch, Oct 12, 2016
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