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Managing Windows 10 in a School Environment

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I volunteer at a small school helping with IT.  They have an IT person, but he is mostly MAC oriented.  We need to replace 20 old PCs and I want to donate the machines. I have 2 questions:

1) Can PCs with Windows 10 HOME be managed at all?
2) If we use PRO, will our Windows Server 2008 manage them?  If not, what version is needed?
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by:Peter Hutchison
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1. Home Editions cannot join a domain or be managed on a domain.
2. Pro, (Edcuational, Enterprise) editions can join and be managed on any Windows domain incl Windows 2008.
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by:John Hurst
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1) Can PCs with Windows 10 HOME be managed at all?  No. Don't use Home. It is crippled.

2 - Pro is what you need and we have it here joined to domain.

Other things you need like gpedit.msc are not in Home.
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1) They *can* be managed...the question is whether or not you *want* to manage them. They can't join the domain or make changes to local policy, so if you want to manage them you have to do everything manually through Regedit, which is a monstrous pain in the neck.

2) Pro can be joined to the domain and managed with group policy, but is missing some of the features available in Enterprise. Specifically, Pro does not allow DirectAccess connectivity and a few other advanced features, but you probably won't need the features that are missing in a school environment.
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by:John Hurst
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Pro has enough features for any school, small business. I would not spend any time trying to manage Home. That just wastes time.
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Well, the question is whether it can be managed at *all*. And yes, it can be. It just isn't worth the effort to do so.
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by:roarteam
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That's what I figured.  Thanks for all the input!
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You are very welcome and I was happy to assist.
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Also, you need Server 2012 as a minimum if you want to run a WSUS server as The older versions of WSUS won't properly update Win 10 machines...
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