Microsoft uses WSUS and Config Manager to lure more testers to Windows 10 betas

Microsoft uses WSUS and Config Manager to lure more testers to Windows 10 betas

Microsoft this week gave enterprise administrators a new way to obtain previews of upcoming feature upgrades for testing and preparation before those updates go live.

The Redmond, Wash. company cited customer feedback – essentially saying that this is something enterprises demanded – for the change. But Microsoft could also be trying to boost the number of business users testing pre-release code because its until-now-only-outlet – Windows Insider for Business, or WIfB – was insufficient.

Microsoft heavily relies on customers for testing of Windows 10, including the Insider volunteers and Windows 10 Home and Pro users, who traditionally have adopted feature upgrades before large organizations deploy them.

“In response to your feedback, we will begin making pre-release Windows 10 feature updates available to IT administrators using Windows Server Update Service (WSUS),” wrote Aria Carley, a Microsoft program manager, in a post to a company blog. “This is the next step in our efforts to provide your organization with the ability to validate line-of-business (LOB) applications, business-critical functionality, and policies, as well as evaluate new business features, prior to an update’s official release.”

Although Microsoft seemed to trumpet WSUS – one of the prime platforms businesses use to distribute updates to their end points – this new path to Windows 10 previews also requires Configuration Manager, also known as the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Organizations must have Configuration Manager, version 1810 or newer, to deploy previews through WSUS. That version of Configuration Manager launched a year ago.

The move got the attention of IT administrators.

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