Windows 10 Creators Update introduces innovation in mixed reality and 3D, and also deliver new features and capabilities for modern IT, including even more security advancements for enterprise customers so that IT administrators can better protect, defend and respond to threats on their networks and devices.
Security will be easier to monitor, track and act on by creating one view of Windows 10 security events in the Windows Security Center, a centralized portal.
“First released in the Anniversary Update, the Windows Security Center will link to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, via the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, to allow IT administrators to easily follow an attack across endpoints and email in a seamless and integrated way,” Rob Lefferts says.
Further Lefferts explains, that the Creators Update “expands Windows Defender ATP sensors to detect threats that persist only in memory or kernel level exploits.— enabling IT admins to monitor loaded drivers and in-memory activities, and to detect various patterns of injection, reflective loading, and in-memory modifications indicating potential kernel exploits.”
Also, IT admins will now able to feed their own intelligence into Windows Security Center for alerts on activities based on their own indicators of compromise.
Also new remediation actions in Windows Defender ATP will give admins the tools “to isolate machines, collect forensics, kill and clean running processes and quarantine or block files with a single click in Windows Security Center and further reduce response time,” he said.
The Creators Update in addition will further streamlines modern IT capabilities by shifting resources and time-intensive tasks to the cloud—allowing “customers to acquire, provision, support and secure devices more easily than ever.”
Windows Analytics, which offfer customers cloud-based insights will be getting additional resources that will help IT administrators better manage and support Windows 10 devices. The new additions to dashboard will enable organizations to use their own telemetry to provide new insights and ensure compliance on the upgrade, update and device health processes within their organizations.
In-place UEFI conversion tool will help IT admins automate coverting UEFI enabled devices from legacy to back UEFI, which “generally require to repartition the disc and reconfigure the firmware.”
The conversion tool can be integrated with management tools such as System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) as part of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 in-place upgrade process.
Mobile application management ability in Creators Update will protect data on personal devices without requiring the device to be enrolled in a Mobile Device Management solution.
Finally, Windows as a service, will enable differential downloads for both mobile and PC devices that will decrease the download size by approx. 35% as it’ll only include “changes that have been made since the last update.” Additionally, System Center Configuration Manager improvements will help reduce the monthly update size by up to 90%.
You can see the ATP and Mobile application management features in Creators Update in the following two videos:
With Windows 10 version 1607 Anniversary Update, a new section to Get Started app specifically for IT professionals working in the enterprise called “Tips for IT Administrators” is available.
The goal behind this was help admins quickly access step-by-step instructions on common enterprise IT tasks, such as changing the default browser, creating a private store, and working with Windows Update for Business.
In addition, links to popular deployment and management tools, including “Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK)” are available.
To access Tips for Administrators, you must be running the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 (version 1607 or later). Then, simply: “launch the Get Started app—just press the Windows logo key, search for Get Started, and press Enter,” then “go to Browse topics and select Tips for IT administrators.”