Windows 11 has been out a while now and I’m sure most of you have been testing and are nearing the point of looking at deploying to your userbase.
As we all know, however, the requirements are a lot stricter than they were for Windows 10 (or even 7) so you may find yourselves needing to do some hardware refreshes. But, how do you know which to replace??
Before looking at that, let’s refresh the requirements first:
- TPM 2.0
- Compatible Processor (roughly 7th Gen and up)
- 64Gb storage
- 4Gb RAM
Whilst most recent machines tick the boxes, the 7th Gen requirement is going to rule out some perfectly capable machines unfortunately and you *can* technically install W11 on these, but it’s totally unsupported.
Anyway, to find out which, you need to navigate to Report – Endpoint Analytics and then Work from Anywhere
You then want to click on the Windows Tab at the top
This then gives a list of your devices with a heading for Windows 11 Readiness State and another for the reason
As you can see, mine is a VM so not compatible with Win11
You can also sort on the Readiness State or export to CSV to better filter within Excel (and maybe do a nice pie chart to present to whoever holds the budget)
First up, create an Azure AD group and populate with the devices exported and marked as compatible:
In Intune, navigate to Devices – Windows Devices
Click the Columns button at the top and select Azure AD Device ID
Now export the list of devices into CSV format.
Once you have the two device lists, get the Device IDs for the compatible devices with some Excel magic (or a VLOOKUP)
Now navigate to Azure AD and create a new AAD Group (Statically Assigned)
Navigate to the new group and select Bulk Actions – Import Members:
Download the Template
Edit the CSV and enter the AAD Device IDs we exported earlier.
Next, in Intune, navigate to Devices – Feature Updates for Windows 10 and Later
Create a new Profile and select Windows 11
If you want to get it done quickly select Make update available as soon as possible, otherwise go for the gradual approach:
Assign this to your Windows 11 group and the machines will start to receive the update