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Windows To Go was designed for enterprise usage and targets scenarios such as continuance of operations, contractors, managed free seating, travelling workers, and work from home. Windows to Go is a cost-effective and lightweight solution that enables several scenarios for an enterprise:
Windows To Go supports host devices certified for use with Windows 7 or Windows 8. Because Mac computers are not certified for use with Windows 7 or Windows 8, using Windows To Go is not supported on a Mac. XP could be running on the system, but the PC must at least meet the minimum requirements of Windows 7. Since DT Workspace boots from the BIOS, the OS on the host PC isn't an issue. Please see the minimum system requirements of the host PC below:
For host computers running Windows 8: Press Windows logo key+W and then search for Windows To Go startup options and then press Enter. In the Windows To Go Start-up Options dialog box select Yes and then click Save Changes to configure the computer to boot from USB.
For host computers running earlier OS versions of Windows: If the host computer is running an earlier version of the Windows operating system need to configure the computer to boot from USB manually.
Hotkeys and BIOS configuration
You enter the BIOS settings for your computer before the operating system starts through using what is called a "hotkey" – these are function keys that have been mapped to utilities by the firmware manufacturers. The following table provides a reference to some well-known hotkeys:
How to configure your host computer BIOS settings to work with Windows To Go
1.Shut off the computer.
2.Insert your Windows To Go drive into a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port on the computer. (Do not use a USB hub).
3.Start the computer and be ready to press the correct hotkey for your computer. Press it one to three seconds after pressing the power button but before the Windows loading screen appears.
4.Once in the BIOS, navigate to the option that controls the boot order (this may be under "Boot" or "System Configuration" or "Storage").
5.There should be a list for "Boot Priority." Place your USB drive at the top of this list (USB drive may be listed under either a "USB" title or under its manufacturer's title). If the option is unavailable, continue on to 6.
6.Check for USB boot support.
Users can either store on DT Workspace, an external drive, or a network drive. When running Windows To Go, the host system's internal hard drive cannot be accessed to prevent data leakage. Users can use the remaining storage on the drive, an external drive or server based storage if required.
No, users can pick any host that is available and boot into their work environment without the risk of leaving confidential data on the host PC.
No. This drive is intended to be used as a bootable fixed device for the purposes of running the Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Windows to Go feature.
The information saves on the drive itself.
Most of the time, this will be the enterprise administrator who will self-provision the drives in order to provide users an imaged version of Windows 8. The work involved for the administrator is the same way they are provisioning a HDD or SSD. For further information, please see the Windows To Go Step by Step article on the TechNet Wiki for a walkthrough of the drive creation process.
If the users have administrator permissions they can self-provision a Windows To Go drive using the Windows To Go Creator wizard which is included in Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Additionally, the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager includes support for user self-provisioning of Windows To Go drives. Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 CTP can be downloaded for evaluation from the Microsoft Download Center.
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