WaaS – Phase 1 [Qualifying]

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We have passed scrutineering and are now ready for qualifying during this race weekend!

In part 1 I talked about the overall design of my WaaS implementation and some background on how I got there.

WaaS – Overview of WaaS the Wolverine Way

In part 2 I talked about structuring the scrutineering phase of my WaaS process.

WaaS – Phase 0 [Scrutineering]

During the prior phase we have filtered out the devices that we have no intention of ever attempting the In-Place Upgrade (IPU).  In this phase we will work on catching devices that have issues that are not deal breakers and can be remediated.

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WaaS – Phase 0 [Scrutineering]

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In part 1 I talked about the overall design of my WaaS implementation and some background on how I got there.

WaaS – Overview of WaaS the Wolverine Way

Here I’ll go into details on the “Phase 0” portion of the process, the Reference or “scrutineering” phase.  The purpose is to ensure that our pool of client devices is adhering to the rules and are eligible to be potential upgrade targets.

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WaaS – Overview of WaaS the Wolverine Way

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I remember the first attempt I made at upgrading a group of devices at work.  It was the Autumn of 2017 and I was trying to upgrade a group of roughly 20 Build 1511 devices since support was running out on that build.  I had been to the Midwest Management Summit (MMS) earlier that Spring and believed I had a pretty good handle on how it should be done.  I had attended a number of sessions and listened to the merits of using an In-Place Upgrade (IPU) task sequence as opposed to Servicing Plans.  I created my IPU sequence and submitted the deployment to our Change Management process.  I was so confident that I didn’t balk at the decision to schedule the deployment during the week when I was going to be in Florida attending Microsoft Ignite.  The evening of the deployment arrived…

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