In today’s episode, let’s enjoy the very good news: Enterprise ISO is dead ! Does that means that Microsoft will stop distributing this SKU on MSDN ? Surely not, but that could happen one day or another as this one is now just useless. And why is it useless you may ask ? Because Enterprise SKU is already embedded in Windows 10 Pro ISO !
Yes that’s true : with a single ISO you are now able to deploy Windows 10 from Home to Enterprise Edition and guess what, that is a very good news for your deployment practices because that will drastically reduce the amount of time and Giga Bytes involved in your daily deployment routine :
- If you maintain an imaging factory, you will love to get ride of your Build and capture Enterprise task sequence;
- If you are deploying both SKU, everything can be consolidated with one task sequence and one Windows 10 Pro WIM image.
The ability to switch from Pro to Enterprise is actually not new : the mechanism was introduced with Windows 8, but as far as I know, was a manual process that could not be automated until Windows 10 came out.
There are two way of switching your Pro OS to Enterprise: DISM until release 1511 and Product Key beginning with the anniversary release.
Of course those two methods are the preferred one for an easy to manage deployment but you can achieve the same goal with Provisionning Package, Windows Control Panel, slmgr.exe, ChangePK.exe…
Note: the examples were demonstrated using MDT but you can safely use the very same technics with Config Manager.
Windows 10 – 1511 (DISM)
Using a standard client task sequence and a Windows 10 Pro image, add a command line right after the “Install Operating System” step in the Install section.
The command line to use is :
Windows 10 – 1602 (Product Key)
This is even easier: Using a standard client task sequence and a Windows 10 Pro image, edit your customsettings.ini, set the property ProductKey with the KMS Enterprise key like this:
As you’ve seen by now, this is super easy to implement once you’ve downloaded and staged the Windows 10 Pro image into your MDT/Config Manager console.
Source : N. Lacour, www.osd-couture.com