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Rolling out windows 8 in a cooperate enviorment

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    Rolling out windows 8 in a cooperate enviorment


    Hi,
    Has anyone rolled out/evaluated windows 8 in a cooperate envirorment, running on desktops and laptops.
    I currently have have been assigned this project and I'm trying to get any feed back.

    Currently i've tested a laptop with windows 8 pro connecting to a 2008 server cooperate, current issues are tiles appearing which I dont want in a cooperate envirorment. GPO's not working, and WMI scripts not running.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated,

    Regards

    Shane

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    You can unpin or uninstall tiles you don't want to see. Use right click.
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    Thats great, I understand that, thankyou. But how do I rollout 300 machines with the correct tiles? there must be a way of controlling this?
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    You might see what Technet says--purchase a membership or whatever. I'd say you have a problem-filled task ahead of you. Let us know how it works out. Can't imagine rolling out a new OS, especially Win8, in such an environment this soon and on this scale (not that it's huge).
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    I am a memeber of technet and have published several threads on their forums, but not having a lot of information come back, which I find strange. I cant imagine there hasn't been any testing in a cooperate envirorment. I just trying to find out as much information as possible.

    There must be someone else in the world, who has looked into this?

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    Sorry I can't help more. But, just think you may be first in the universe to tackle this sort of task. But, your situation may not be that funny, actually.
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    Your best bet for rolling out multiple machines may be to use Windows Deployment Services on a server, and Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) and Windows Deployment Kit to build custom images that you can then deploy to your client machines. Both have recently been updated. The gist is that you create your image, "capture" it, and then boot your client machine into WDS, load the image from the network, and you're good to go. WAIK and WDK are free downloads from Microsoft. The downloads contain some very good documentation as well.

    In theory at least if you set the UI tiles the way you want them on the "master" machine image, then they will be replicated to the clients.

    Aside from all this a slightly simpler approach might be the use of imaging software. There may still be "sysprep" type work involved after you install the image (customize the machine name, install specific drivers for thay model of machine, etc.) but you would be assured of a consistent image across your client machines.

    As for group policies, bear in mind that a Windows Server 2008 domain controller may not be able to control all things on a Windows 8 machine. I am sure that some Windows 8 settings have no meaning to an older OS. If you domain controller is Windows Server 2012, then it probably has the capability of managing some Windows 8 specific settings. Rolling out Windows Server 2012 is not something to take lightly, though: especially to a proudction domain controller.

    You can use the "Resultant Set of Policy" tool on the domain controller to determine what policies are applied, from where, to a specific user who logs on to a specific machine in your domain. If there are no applicable site/domain/OU settings for a specific policy setting, individual machine policies can still be applied.
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    Thankyou Terry, We rolled out Windows 7 in a simular format, Its going to take alot of testing. I'm guessing that the Tiles are stored in your profile, Local or roaming.
    I need to know What controls this access, can you give certain users access to the weather tile and others not? just an example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    You might see what Technet says--purchase a membership or whatever. I'd say you have a problem-filled task ahead of you. Let us know how it works out. Can't imagine rolling out a new OS, especially Win8, in such an environment this soon and on this scale (not that it's huge).
    Our corporation (about 20,000 employees) is rolling out Win7. Win8? No way. If (and that's a big IF here) they ever roll that out on desktops it will be 3 or 4 years down the road.

    -Max
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    If you already rolled out Windows 7, what would be the motivation to roll out 8?
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