MMS2015: Terrell and Martin on UEFI

Mike Terrell and Troy Martin are giving a talk at the Midwest Management Summit (MMS) on transitioning Windows systems from BIOS to UEFI.

Making the switch from BIOS to UEFI

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is the next generation interface between the operating systems and the platform firmware.  UEFI replaces the legacy Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware that has been around since the beginning of personal computers.  Although UEFI has been around for several years, manufacturers have provided support for legacy BIOS by the means of a Compatibility Support Module (CSM).  This allows support for booting from MBR-partitioned disks.  The downside to this old school booting method is that it is vulnerable to root kits and other intelligent types of malware that inserts itself into the booting process. In this session, you will learn the differences of BIOS and UEFI, the benefits of UEFI and Windows 10 security benefits that are only available when running UEFI.  How to use Configuration Manager to inventory systems that are running UEFI (as well as those that are not).  Also, you will learn about the common pitfalls when making the switch from BIOS to UEFI, how to avoid them, and how zero touch OSD is actually possible when making the switch.

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