Windows 10: Upgrade the edition with Intune in the new Azure Portal

Most professional PC’s delivered today is delivered with Windows 10 Pro (out of the box) which is a really good Operating System, covering most use-cases. However in the world of BYOD and CYOD (Bring your Own / Choose your Own Device) companies, enterprises, goverments, schools etc. often want to upgrade to either Enterprise or Education since these editions of Windows 10 are more feature rich and has a couple of enhancements compared to Pro. Luckly, changeing the SKU does not involve a reinstallation or an major upgrade of the OS. And from Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary Update) you could go from Pro to Education or Enterprise without even rebooting. Everything is changed on the fly.

First you should check out this link and read up on the prerequisites: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/deploy/windows-10-edition-upgrades

So how do we do this using Intune and where do we go in the new Azure Portal?
First logon to http://portal.azure.com. Then…

 

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Locate and go to Intune.

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Go to Device Configuration.

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Then click on Create Profile.

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Give the profile a proper name, description and choose Platform Windows 10 and Later.

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Then select the edition you want to upgrade and type the Product Key.

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Click Create. And then go to assignments.

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Select a proper group you want to send the Edition Upgrade to. If you do not have a group, you can configure this in Azure AD!

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Going from Pro (Above) to Enterprise (Below) after a couple of minutes!

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And voilà! There you have it. This is a small but a really cool feature I think. Since it’s such an important part in giving Goverments, Enterprises, Schools etc. the flexiblity the want and need to handle Modern IT.

Stay tuned for more posts. Have a great easter! Smile
And do not forget to leave a comment if you have any questions.

 

/Marius

About the Author:

Marius A. Skovli

Microsoft Enterprise Client Management Evangelist with: 10+ years experience within Microsoft System Management Solutions

Extensive experience across Private and Public Sector
Passion for Community Driven work, volunteering within Microsoft technology
Great belief that sharing experience within fellow peers is key to creating a sustainable society
Strong commitment to System Center User Group Norway as co-founder and current leader

I am a technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company CTGlobal. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 10 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Server (SMS) 2003 and have been working with Enterprise Client Management ever since, where i today focus on helping customers design and implement solutions based on System Center Configuration Manager and/or Enterprise Mobility Suite from Microsoft. Other parts of my work consists of speaking and presenting at different events and seminars, doing research and blog about solutions I find and products I work with. I truly believe in a strong community where knowledge and know-how is essential. Creating creative arenas where it is possible for peers to spread the word about new technologies and solutions is key and as an act on this I co-founded System Center User Group Norway (www.scug.no). SCUG is an initiative where we discuss, preach and present new technologies and solutions in the System Center Space from Microsoft. This is a free arena for everybody to join that is interested in/or enthusiastic about Microsoft Cloud Platform (Enterprise Client Management or Cloud and Datacenter).

Specialties:
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM2007-SCCM2012), Enterprise Mobility and Intune, Windows and Windows server deployment.

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