Microsoft have been consistently releasing two new Windows 10 Upgrades per year, around Spring and Autumn time.
Whilst this is nothing new, Microsoft are now forcing workstations in to upgrading if they are on old versions of Windows 10. Microsoft have even managed to circumvent our RedZed system and still force an upgrade, and they may do this during your working day.
This is causing Microsoft a certain amount backlash from many SME’s and quite a few large organisations around the world.
Microsoft none the less are standing their ground and ploughing ahead, on the simple basis that old software is far more vulnerable to being compromised by malware or a hacker.
To respond to this Ziptech have been developing and testing a process that allows us to automate these Windows 10 Upgrades to be deployed via our RedZed platform, and for them to happen at a time that is convenient for you.
As we part of Microsoft’s ‘Windows 10 Insiders’ program, we receive early release versions of a Windows 10 Upgrade before it is publicly available.
We aim to be testing the early release version for 2 weeks and then the public release version for a further week.
We will then be running a 1-month campaign to educate and inform you about the Upgrades and when they will happen.
As part of the 1-month campaign, we will be switching all customer’s Windows 10 workstation’s RedZed Maintenance Night settings over to a dedicated single-purpose task, upgrading your workstation to the latest Windows 10 Upgrade version!
You do not need to do anything differently, but we will be suspending all non-security maintenance night tasks during that one month, allowing the Windows 10 Upgrades the maximum amount of time to download and install.
But what about my Maintenance Tasks, Anti-Virus Scans and Security Updating? No need to be concerned, as the critical security related tasks such as Virus Definition updates, Virus Scans and Security Updating will still run, during the day every week day.
The Nights are still staying on the same nights. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Nights.
All non-Windows 10 Workstations will stay on their usual RedZed Maintenance Night settings and should of course be left on as per usual.
You don’t need to do anything differently, we will do all the hard work for you, but here is a little bit of background to why these upgrades are so important:
What is the difference between an Upgrade and an Update?
An update is a small piece of code supplied by software vendors to fix a problem, add functionality, or fix a security hole. It’s downloaded from the internet and inserted into the program on your computer.
An upgrade is a significant overhaul of your Operating System and usually updates many of your Operating System’s core files, to enhance security, stability and add features to your workstation.
Why does your Microsoft Windows 10 Workstation need to be Upgraded?
Microsoft stop making updates for Windows 10 Upgrade versions that fall outside their supported ‘Lifecycle’ window.
This window is approximately 2 years after the release date of the Windows 10 Upgrade version.
I’m pretty sure if you’ve read this far in to this document, I no longer need to bang the drum on how important updates are!
Microsoft are forcing this frequency of Windows 10 Upgrades, but do not be concerned as this new process Ziptech have developed does all the hard work for you!
What nights are the Ziptech RedZed Maintenance (Upgrade) Nights?
We will inform all customers of the date the upgrade settings will be switched on, straight after Microsoft announce a new Windows 10 Upgrade version.
The nights will still be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights each week. Your workstations should be on for at least one of them but, ideally, all three.
Is updating my workstations enough to protect me?
No. Updating is an essential component of your cyber security, but it’s not enough. There are a host of other basic things that your company must do to be sufficiently secure – anti-virus, firewall configuration, password management, etc.
These basic cyber security policies have all been brought together in a single government certification called Cyber Essentials. It’s specifically designed for small and medium sized businesses. It has just 34 essential security policies. These policies are simple, but not necessarily easy. They do not require you to buy extra hardware and software, but you will need your system configured and managed differently.
The Ziptech updating process for Microsoft Workstations will help you comply with some of the Cyber Essential certification requirements.
To find out more about Cyber Essentials click on this link and download our free cyber security guide https://www.ziptechservices.co.uk/cyber-security/
If you would like more information…
- Workstation Maintenance FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions and answers can be found here https://www.ziptechservices.co.uk/maintenance-nights/
- Updating, Maintenance & Windows 10 Feature Packs Upgrades – please contact support on Tel 01932 233 960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cyber Essentials Certification – please call 01932 233 967
- vITM and vCTO – please call 01932 233 967