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Full User Layer & Windows 10 Feature Update - newer version of Windows prompt


Jonathan Winston

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What steps are you taking with Windows 10 Feature Updates around the Full User Layer?

 

I'm curious to what everyone else is doing as I just updated Windows 10 from v1709 to v1809.  After successfully logging into v1809 and then trying to go back to a v1709 image, I get the following Citrix App Layering Message: "We were unable to attach your User Layer because it was created with a newer version of Windows."

 

What's the best way to be able to test between two ore more Windows 10 "Feature" versions or the best plan if I ever have to roll back in the future?    I have a few ideas, but want to see what everyone else is already doing.

 

Thanks,

 

Jon 

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The steps should be, make a copy of the User Layer(UL) vhd(s)(the user should not be logged in), update Windows in an OS layer version, create a new platform layer based on the new OS layer version,  publish an image then test. Windows 10 1809 is not currently supported,  Should you need to revert to a previous version, master image you copy back in the old User Layer disk.

 

There is an internal process which updates the UL vhd, whenever a new, major OS upgrade is detected. Reverting back to a previous image and attempting to use the existing, recently updated UL disk, will fail.

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In case it helps -- if you have a VDA subscription and are using Enterprise you should have an extra year of support for 1709.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

 

1709 End of service for Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstation editions April 9, 2019 / End of service for Enterprise and Education editions April 14, 2020

 

We'll see how it works out but my goal is to stick with the xx09 versions for VDI and physical boxes so this gives me a little extra breathing room for 1809 to be supported with various VDI components.

 

 

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