Earlier this year, in April 2018, the US Department of Defense (DOD) reached a massive milestone that was a long, looong time coming: the (almost) completion of the Windows 10 migration!
Microsoft had announced in February 2016 that the DOD was committed to migrate all of its over four million devices to Windows 10 within one year (target deadline of January 2017) — "an unprecedented move for a customer with the size and complexity of the DoD", as Microsoft called it.
For an agency that was spending approximately $38 billion annually on cyber-security and IT to protect sensitive security data that if breached or leaked could pose a service national security risk, running machines on unsupported or unsafe operating systems, such as Windows XP and Windows 7, is a disaster waiting to happen.
Given the unimaginable complexity of their environment, it is a huge achievement — and an incredibly important one: The number one goal was "to strengthen our cyber security posture while concurrently streamlining the IT operating environment."
Looking at the migration project more carefully, there are very valuable lessons that we can learn for our "regular" Windows 10 migration and Servicing management! We picked out the five most impactful ones: