If you’ve recently moved to Windows 10, you’ll be used to the luxury of having months to pre-test applications to ensure they are compatible with the release. Sadly, that luxury is no more. Even if you’ve been managing Windows 10 updates for a while and thinking of moving to Windows 11, you could be feeling overwhelmed with this constant annual update cycle.
You may have already worked out a way to reduce the amount of testing you do – after all there is no getting away from testing completely. But if you are pre-testing or piloting more than 15% of your estate it’s going to be a challenge to complete your updates within that annual timeframe. So, if you want to find out a way to reduce the time you spend on testing and piloting, read on.
First you need to categorize your applications – and if you want to know more about that – read our blog ‘How to Categorize Applications Before Rolling Out Updates’. The categories that you place your applications in will define how you treat them during the update:
Use your tools, systems, and databases to find out how you should categorize your enterprise applications. The majority will fall into the low-risk category, which should already reduce the amount of time you spend on testing. But how should you go about managing your pilot testing for the Tier 2- important applications?
Once you have identified the applications that should be Tier 2, you then need to define a process for pilot testing. Do this by:
Once you’ve rolled out ‘X’ number of pilots (however many you have defined) to satisfy your requirements based on the risk score you have assigned to your Tier 2 applications, and users have reported that everything is ok, you can begin rolling out to more and more users in the organization.
By categorizing your applications this way, you can reduce pre-testing and pilots to around 15% of your estate. Sound good? Even better, that’s going to reduce the time you spend on testing to around a few weeks, or at most a couple of months – which is much more manageable when tackling annual Windows servicing programs.
If you want to simplify things further, you could consider adopting automation for more than 50% of the manual, repetitive tasks that you will perform when inventorying, categorizing and pilot testing your applications. By doing this you can cut the time and effort as well as the errors created by manual input – making the process much smoother.
Schedule a demo with ReadyWorks to understand how applying intelligent automation can help cut the time and effort of testing ahead of your enterprise Windows update.