What is "Windows to go" ?
Windows to go ( WTG ) is a capability to reimagine possibilities in your enterprise when it comes to addressing BYOD scenarios.
Note - This is an enterprise feature hence will require Windows® 8 Enterprise client to build such scenarios, not applicable for other editions.
WTG is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the PC. Windows To Go workspaces can use the same image enterprises use for their desktops and laptops and can be managed the same way. Windows To Go is not intended to replace desktops, laptops or supplant other mobility offerings. Rather, it provides support for efficient use of resources for alternative workplace scenarios.
Enterprises install Windows on a large group of computers either by using configuration management software (such as System Center Configuration Manager), or by using standard Windows 8 deployment tools such as DiskPart, ImageX, and the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool.
These same tools can be used to provision Windows To Go drive, just as you would if you were planning for provisioning a new class of mobile PCs. You can use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to review deployment tools available.
Lets understand in what are the use cases where WTG makes sense
The following scenarios are examples of situations in which Windows To Go workspaces provide a solution for an IT implementer:
Note- If the employee wants to work offline for the majority of the time, but still maintain the ability to use the drive on the enterprise network, they should be informed of how often the Windows To Go workspace needs to be connected to the enterprise network. Doing so will ensure that the drive retains its access privileges and the workspace’s computer object is not potentially deleted from Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
If any of the above scenario makes sense for you, lets understand what to do next to get ready with Windows to go.
Enterprise customers utilizing Volume Activation Windows licensing will be able to deploy USB drives provisioned with Windows To Go workspace. These drives will be bootable on multiple compatible host computers. Compatible host computers are computers that are:
Windows To Go workspace operates just like any other installation of Windows with a few exceptions. These exceptions are:
As you are deciding what to include in your Windows To Go image, be sure to consider the following questions:
For more information about designing and planning your Windows To Go deployment, see Prepare Your Organization for Windows To Go
For USB drives
The devices listed in this section have been specially optimized and certified for Windows To Go and meet the necessary requirements for booting and running a full version of Windows 8 from a USB drive. The optimizations for Windows To Go include the following:
As of today, the following are the USB drives currently certified for use as Windows To Go drives; as more drives are certified for use with Windows To Go this list will be updated:
For host computers
When assessing the use of a PC as a host for a Windows To Go workspace you should consider the following criteria:
Step by Step guide on building Windows To Go - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6991.windows-to-go-step-by-step-en-us.aspx