15+ killer Windows 10 resources for IT admins

There are a lot of resources available to you, so you can get a better understanding of Windows 10’s enterprise benefits for your organization. My goal in this post is to help you navigate these different resources, so you can quickly find what you need in the format you need it in.  If you have questions or suggestions on how to make this better, please leave me a comment on this post or tweet me @simonster (don’t forget to follow me).

 

Videos

There are a lot of quick, 20-30-minute videos highlighting how-tos and demos of Windows 10 Enterprise. We’ve even created two pages on our beloved Ch9 to help. Here are my thoughts on how and when to go to these pages.

All Windows all the time: this page is where we are highlighting every video regardless of the job you do about Windows 10.  It includes content from sessions at flagship events like Ignite and //BUILD, videos from other series, and even highlights for developers as they are building on the Windows 10 platform. It’s easy to quickly review, so if you want to be in the first in the know on all things Windows 10, bookmark this page and check back often.

I’m also am beginning work on topic specific playlists. September and October’s focus, for me, was Windows 10 Enterprise Security. Check it out and stay tuned for upcoming topics include data loss prevention, application compatibility, and management.

Virtual Labs

If you have 90 minutes and are looking for a hands-on experience, I recommend a tour through our virtual labs. There is no complex setup or requirements, so they are great to also share with co-workers that you think need to get up to speed, and hey you always look great when you’re sharing this stuff!

The IT Pro Try-It-Out-Lab is for schools and education institutions, but still provides a great hands-on experience on how to upgrade devices from Window 7 to Windows 10, and then how to manage devices, apps and users.

My other favorites tell you what you need to know in the title. But if you want more details, click the link it will take you to a details page – it won’t actually launch a lab, but that’s only another click.

On-Prem and Cloud App and data protection with Azure RMS

Azure Active Directory Fundamentals

Device Management with Microsoft Intune

Free (and some $$$) e-books

Videos are great for in-the-background learning but, for some, nothing replaces an in-depth e-book. And Microsoft Press has put together some invaluable resources. They highlight real word scenarios all while giving you no-nonsense guidance on the how and why. They help you be more articulate in the solutions you want to champion in your organization, and are also great to reference in your conversations with your boss. Here are my current favorites:

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition (free) Ed Bott (the author) is putting the finishing touches on the final release of this book (the version above is the preview edition.) To be the first to know make sure you follow the Born to Learn blog– or check back here. I consider Ed to be a friend and this book totally nails it!

Windows 10 Inside Out (Available in Nov – $39.99 ebook) ebook retail $39.99. This one is great (again it’s from that Ed guy) and it goes wayyyy deeper.

Enterprise Mobility Suite Managing BYOD and Company-Owned Devices ($19.99 ebook). This book is not specifically Windows 10, but it goes inside much of the modern management infrastructure components you need. There is a pattern here, although I promise there’s nothing in it…Yuri and Jeff (the authors) are friends of mine too, you’ll see me interviewing them on that page at Microsoft Ignite.

Free Online Training

I’m shocked at how many people I’ve meet that still have never heard of our free online training site, Microsoft Virtual Academy (or MVA for short, as you know we love acronyms here at MSFT 😉 ). They have hours and hours of online deep technical training to help prepare you for Windows 10 Enterprise and to also get you ready to take on Enterprise mobility. I won’t share a lot of details as the modules are each explained in detail and you can create the learning path that’s right for you and your skill set. People actually come up to me on a regular basis and thank me for this training, which I love. Strangest place so far is in the bathroom at a Taylor Swift concert!

Get Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals

Enterprise Mobility Core Skills – Prepare you mobile environment for Windows 10

Tools

Are you ready to begin building your prep-prod lab or to start deployment? There’s a lifecycle that my Microsoft counterparts have put together on Windows TechCenter on TechNet. It contains some similar content that I reference above but also has a lot more tools to help you prepare your Enterprise for deployment, including detailed Windows 10 deployment scenarios, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Windows 10 ADK, Plan for volume activation, and more.

Feedback

Please add your comments below.  I’d definitely like to know if this information was helpful, and what else I can do to help you find the resources you need!

4 Comments

  1. MVA isn’t an acronym…it’s an initialism 😉

  2. Am looking forward to reading and learning. You are never too old to learn.

  3. brian martin

    Just what I need

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