Complete a migration to Windows 11 with Microsoft Intune – TechTarget | Hot Mobile Press

Although OS migrations are always a lot of work, with the right planning and tools, migrating from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is relatively easy.

The tool of choice for a bulk upgrade to Windows 11 is Microsoft Endpoint Manager, but other options are available, such as: B. Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager or third-party migration tools.

Windows 11 Readiness Verification

There are two main options to determine if endpoint devices are Windows 11 ready or not. The first is to use Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Open the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center and select the reports Tab as Windows Administrator. Then click on the endpoint analysis Possibility. If this is your first time using Endpoint Analytics, you need to enable it for your cloud-managed devices (Figure 1).

Figure 1. The Endpoint Analytics tab that you need to enable to assess Windows 11 readiness.

Otherwise click the Work from anywhere options (Figure 1). This report provides information about Windows 11 compatibility of managed devices.

The other option to assess Windows 11 readiness is to use the Hardware Readiness PowerShell script. This PowerShell script can be downloaded via a Google search. This script analyzes your managed systems and provides detailed information about their readiness for Windows 11. The script outputs compatibility data in a limited format that you can record AzureLog Analyticsan Excel spreadsheet or other tool you want to use (Figure 2).

The output of the Hardware Readiness PowerShell script is displayed as plain text.
Figure 2. The Hardware Readiness PowerShell script reporting Windows 11 compatibility information.

The Hardware Readiness PowerShell script is designed to run locally, so you’ll likely need to modify it to automatically send the logging results to a central location. You must also create a policy to force your target systems to run the script.

Windows 11 as a feature update

Organizations that use Microsoft Intune to manage their Windows devices will likely find the Windows 11 migration process very familiar. This is because Microsoft Intune essentially treats Windows 10 to Windows 11 migrations as Windows 10 feature updates. Administrators who have used Microsoft Intune in the past to apply feature updates to Windows 10 will find that the migration process is largely the same.

First, open the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center and then click the Devices Tab. This will display the registration status Dashboard (Figure 3).

The tab in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager Intune admin center shows the status of Windows desktops.
Figure 3. Devices tab showing the enrollment status dashboard.

A series of tabs will appear directly below Seek Crate. Choose feature updates for the Windows 10 and later tab, located in the politics Section. This will take you to the Feature Updates screen.

Click on that Create profile button and the console will take you to Provisioning Settings Screen. The first thing you need to do on this screen is enter a name and an optional description for the Windows feature update you are defining.

Although this step is optional, it is highly recommended that you enter a detailed description that describes what the feature update deployment does, who it applies to, when it will be made available, and any other relevant details (Figure 4).

Empty fields where you can fill in details that may differentiate this update from others.
Figure 4. The field where you should enter a unique name and detailed description for the feature update you are defining.

Finally, multiple feature update deployments can accumulate over time, especially in a large organization, so it’s important to differentiate these updates from one another.

After you’ve entered a name and description for the feature update, the next step is to identify the feature update that you want to deploy. Be sure to select the Windows 11 option (Figure 5).

The options for a feature update, including Windows 11, in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
Figure 5. Feature update to deploy list shows various OS editions including Windows 11.

If you select the Windows 11 option, the console will show you a warning message stating that if you select the Windows 11 Feature Update option, you either already have a Windows license through Volume Licensing or are authorized to use the Microsoft Accept license terms for Windows 11. You don’t have to do anything with this warning message, but it’s important to make sure you have the required licenses.

The next step is to choose your rollout option. In concrete terms, this means that you tell Intune when you want to deploy Windows 11. The software gives you three options (Figure 4).

  1. Make the update available as soon as possible.
  2. Make the update available on a specific date.
  3. Make the update available gradually.

The third option is useful in organizations with limited bandwidth or limited ability to support users. If you plan to roll out Windows 11 in stages, you can use Intune to set the start and end dates for the rollout process and spread deployments between those dates as evenly as possible. You can even specify the number of days between groups (Figure 6).

The timeline settings for a Windows 11 migration as a feature update.
Figure 6. The options for deploying Windows 11 as an update in batches.

After making your selection, click Nextand the assignments The screen will appear (Figure 7). Here you can specify which users and devices will receive the upgrade. Mapping is done on a group basis, which gives a lot of flexibility to the migration process.

For example, some organizations choose to migrate only one department at a time. Similarly, an organization can conduct a pilot deployment where you assign Windows 11 to a group of power users before making Windows 11 available to the entire organization. You should plan your Windows 11 migration before getting to this step.

The group settings for deploying a Windows 11 feature update.
Figure 7. The assignments for a Windows 11 update based on user or device groups.

Although Intune allows you to include and exclude groups from the migration, you must be careful about which groups you specify. You can assign updates to user groups or device groups with static and dynamic group support. However, if you choose to exclude groups, you cannot mix and match group types between included and excluded groups. For example, you cannot include a user group or exclude a device group.

When you’re done, click Next and Intune will take you to the Review + Create Screen. This screen displays a summary of the options you have selected. Take a moment and make sure everything seems correct. When you are happy with everything, click the Create button. Intune then creates the new feature update.

Leave a Comment