In this post we will see how to upgrade client agents and console post SCCM 2016 upgrade. I am referring to Configuration Manager 1602 console and client upgrade. System Center Configuration Manager uses an in-console service method called Updates and Servicing that makes it easy to locate and then install recommended updates for your Configuration Manager infrastructure.
In my previous post we saw the step by step method to upgrade your Configuration Manager 1511 to 1602 version. Once you have upgraded your ConfigMgr to version 1602 you need to upgrade both the client agents and the configuration manager consoles for your IT engineers.
With Configuration Manager version 1602 the console upgrade step is very easy. There is an auto-update feature which allows you to upgrade the console to the latest version.
Configuration Manager 1602 Console and Client upgrade
I got this error when I clicked OK. Just click Retry and upgrade starts.
Required files are being downloaded for console upgrade.
The console is being upgraded.
Once the upgrade is complete, open the Configuration Manager Console and click on the upper left corner on the blue arrow and click About Configuration Manager. You can see that the Console has been upgraded to latest version. The console version is 5.0.8355.1000 and site version is 5.00.8355.1000.
To monitor the console upgrade process, open the ConfigMgrAdminUISetupVerbose.log file located on C drive. If the console is upgraded successfully, you will find the following lines in log file.
Product: System Center Configuration Manager Console — Installation operation completed successfully.
Windows Installer installed the product. Product Name: System Center Configuration Manager Console. Product Version: 5.00.8355.1000. Product Language: 1033
Let’s check the Site Properties and look for the version and build number. Go to Administration > Site Configuration > Sites. Right-click your site and select Properties. The version should be 5.00.8355.1000 and Build number should be 8355.
Next, ensure that you distribute the Configuration Manager Client Package and Configuration Manager Client Piloting Package to the distribution points. You can find both these packages under Software Library > Overview > Application Management > Packages.
Upgrading the Clients
Once your site is upgraded to SCCM version 1602, you need to upgrade the clients. Upgrading the clients can be done using various ways. If an update includes the Configuration Manager client, you are offered the option to test the update in pre-production, or to apply the update to all clients immediately.
- Automatic Client Upgrade – When you enable the Automatic client upgrade, your client will be upgraded automatically within number of days that you specify. To do this click on Administration > Site Configuration > Sites. Click on the Hierarchy Settings button on the top ribbon. Click Client Upgrade tab and check the box Upgrade all clients in the hierarchy using production client. Select the desired number of days you want your upgrade to be run and click OK. A schedule task will be created on the clients and run within the specified number of days.
2. Creating Collection and Using Client Push – You could create a collection to group the clients that need an upgrade and then using client push method you can upgrade the clients. To create a collection right click Device Collection > Create Device Collection. Provide name to the collection and choose limiting collection and click Next. In the next page add a query rule > Provide a name to the query and click Edit Query Statement. Add criteria and Select Attribute Class as System Resource, Attribute as Client Version, Value = 5.00.8355.1000 and click OK.
Once the collection is ready, right click on the collection and click Install Client. Complete the remaining steps of push installation wizard. After sometime the client agents are upgraded.
To check the client version, on the client machine open the control panel > Configuration Manager > General and check the Version. It should show as 5.00.8355.1000.
You could use the below query to create a collection to group old version client agents and push the new client version of client agent.
select * from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ClientVersion != "5.00.8355.1000"
select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ClientVersion != '5.00.8355.1000'
Note that Boot images are automatically updated during setup. You just need to update the boot images so that they are available with the distribution points.