Microsoft has announced and launched several changes that make its services and products more accessible to enterprise customers. The company has announced introducing a new Deployment service to manage driver and firmware updates on Windows devices in an enterprise environment in the latest update.
New Deployment service for driver and firmware updates
Compared to the old system, the new deployment service will provide enterprise system admins with better control over the installation and distribution of Windows Updates and other driver updates from the company. Most importantly, when the new system is in effect, a system admin gets to choose which updates are installed on which devices.
“Microsoft is excited to announce a new deployment service for driver and firmware updates, giving you visibility into the drivers hosted in Windows Update that are a match for your enterprise devices and offering you control over both the selection of individual updates and the scheduling of update deployments to devices from Windows Update,” Microsoft said.
For instance, system admins will have an option to design a policy that designs whether a Windows Update applies to a set of devices. However, the deployment system does not directly install Windows Updates based on this system. Instead, the recommended selection is sent to the IT admin, and they can confirm the installation.
Similarly, admins can go through all the updates available for a specific driver. This method works better than having some drivers installed by default. In short, the new deployment system combines the core ideas of the logic behind Windows Updates allocation but integrates a few more options for IT admins’ control.
This new feature responds to many IT admins complaining that the current deployment system for Windows Updates does not offer support for device management at the enterprise level. IT admins have had a lot of trouble choosing the most suitable updates for the right devices and vice versa.
However, when considering that Windows Updates and driver updates protect an enterprise network from security issues and bugs, IT admins could not skip Windows Updates. However, the new system follows a streamlined set of steps to improve the control given over Windows Updates installation.
The commercial deployment service is still under development, and it will be some time when we see the Private Preview of the same. Nevertheless, professionals in the enterprise IT administration industry seem to be happy with what Microsoft has prepared.