Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released and I want to point at some enterprise features we could rely on (most of them are in Client Hyper-V feature).
Please refer to Windows 10 Blog to read about all the new features added with this release.

Ransomware protections.

Microsoft are introducing Windows Defender Exploit Guard that helps protect files from unauthorized changes by nefarious applications and your applications from unknown exploits. Additionally, Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards in place, along with default enhanced coverage that is delivered instantly via the cloud protection service. These and other security technologies protect against persistent ransomware campaigns like Cerber, Locky, and Spora, as well as global outbreaks like WannaCry, and Petya.

OneDrive Files On-Demand.

OneDrive OnDemandWhen you save your files in OneDrive, now you can access them just like any other file on your PC without filling up your disk space. Easily tell which files are available online only or offline. Online-only files download on demand with a double-click, and you can make them online only again to free up space. Or you can select files to always be available offline. Click here to learn more about OneDrive Files On-Demand and how to enable it.

Recover PIN and password from lock screen.

No more getting locked out of your device. If you’re using an Azure Active Directory Premium or MSA account and you get stuck at login, you can now reset your password and PIN straight from the lock screen after verifying your account identity.

Quick Create virtual machine gallery.

The virtual machine gallery in Quick Create makes it easy to find virtual machine images in one convenient location. You can also add your own virtual machine images to the Quick Create gallery. Building a custom gallery takes some time but, once built, makes creating virtual machines easy and consistent.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Hyper-V Quick Create
Hyper-V Quick Create
Quick Create Download VM
Quick Create Download VM

Default Switch.

The switch named “Default Switch” allows virtual machines to share the host’s network connection using NAT (Network Address Translation). This switch has a few unique attributes:
Virtual machines connected to it will have access to the host’s network whether you’re connected to WIFI, a dock, or Ethernet. It will also work when the host is using VPN
or proxy.
It’s available as soon as you enable Hyper-V rather then enable it using Powershell as in previous version though you can’t delete or rename it.
It also has the same name and device ID on all Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update Hyper-V hosts.
Name: Default Switch
ID: c08cb7b8-9b3c-408e-8e30-5e16a3aeb444
The default switch does automatically assign an IP to the virtual machine (DNS and DHCP) and offers the best networking experience for virtual machines on a laptop. If you need highly customized networking, however, continue using Virtual Switch Manager.

Default vSwitch

Automatic CheckPoint

Starting in Fall Creators Update, Hyper-V creates a checkpoint when you start virtual machines.Though automatic checkpoints are enabled by default on Windows 10, you can disable with PowerShell (Set-VM –Name VMwithAutomation –AutomaticCheckpointsEnabled) or using GUI.

Automatic Checkpoint
Automatic Checkpoints

Virtual Machine Sharing

A new option to share VM has been added to VM toolbar that create packages and compresses your virtual machine so you can move it to another Hyper-V host right from Virtual Machine Connection.

VM Share Button

Share button creates a “.vmcz” file with your virtual hard drive (vhd/vhdx) and any state the virtual machine will need to run. Share will not include checkpoints. If you would like to also export your checkpoints, you can use the traditional Export method.
Once you’ve moved your virtual machine to another computer with Hyper-V, double click the “.vmcz” file and the virtual machine will import automatically.

Battery pass-through.

Virtual machines in Fall Creators Update are aware of the hosts battery state so you can see how much battery life you have left even in a full-screen virtual machine. Moreover, the guest operating system knows the battery state and can optimize for low power situations.


IMHO this release continues a path to improve overall security and usability moreover interesting top class features are added to a client OS.