Cool reason for Windows 10

On June 5, 2016, in news, by susan

This is a feature that I’m honestly excited about….but.. wish that it wasn’t gated behind Enterprise sku.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/itpro/windows/whats-new/credential-guard

Credential guard is one of the cool features of 10 that is limited to Enterprise and Education skus.

The listing of what you need specifically to support this is here:

Windows 10 Enterprise Feature: Credential Guard

  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Active Directory (any forest or domain level)
  • Physical device (i.e. virtual machines are not supported)
  • UEFI firmware 2.3.1 or higher
  • Secure firmware update process and MOR implementation
  • Secure Boot
  • Intel VT-x or AMD-V
  • Intel VT-d or AMD-Vi I/O memory management unit
  • Second Level Address Translation
  • 64-bit CPU
  • TPM 2.0

The main thing credential guard does is to protect domain credentials from pass the hash attacks and other attacks that steal the domain credentials inside the firm once an attacker has gained access to the network.

10 also allows you to inplace upgrade from Pro skus to Enterprise skus without having to reinstall the operating system.

 

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