Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Managing Windows 10 in a School Environment

Posted on 2016-08-04
Last Modified: 2016-08-04
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?
Question by:roarteam
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:Peter Hutchison
ID: 41742721
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.
LVL 93

Assisted Solution

by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 250 total points
ID: 41742727
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.
LVL 39

Accepted Solution

Adam Brown earned 250 total points
ID: 41742802
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.
NAS Cloud Backup Strategies

This article explains backup scenarios when using network storage. We review the so-called “3-2-1 strategy” and summarize the methods you can use to send NAS data to the cloud

LVL 93

Assisted Solution

by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 250 total points
ID: 41742811
Pro has enough features for any school, small business. I would not spend any time trying to manage Home. That just wastes time.
LVL 39

Assisted Solution

by:Adam Brown
Adam Brown earned 250 total points
ID: 41742844
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.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 41742866
That's what I figured.  Thanks for all the input!
LVL 93

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41742883
You are very welcome and I was happy to assist.
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Scott Silva
ID: 41743311
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...

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
List out file 4 27
Domain trust created by PDC name 6 32
Sony EVI-D70 and Skype 2 33
Troubleshooting Windows Server VM memory usage issue ? 4 39
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
Learn how to PXE Boot both BIOS & UEFI machines with DHCP Policies and Custom Vendor Classes
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…
This tutorial will show how to configure a single USB drive with a separate folder for each day of the week. This will allow each of the backups to be kept separate preventing the previous day’s backup from being overwritten. The USB drive must be s…

839 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question