Windows 10 1909 is out and if you are looking to deploy it using SCCM 1906, this post is for you. Windows 10, version 1909 includes performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements.
If you are running Windows 10 version 1903, then updating to the new version 1909 will have a much faster update experience because the update will install like a monthly update. I will cover about all these cool features in a separate post. Click here to know all the new features baked in Windows 10 1909.
If you want to deploy Windows 10 1909 using SCCM, I would suggest use SCCM 1906 to deploy it. That’s because as per the below chart, you can use Windows 10 1909 as a client with Configuration Manager 1906.
Step 1 – Add Windows 10 1909 Operating System Image
Before you start, ensure you download the Windows 10 1909 ISO (either from VLSC or MSDN) and extract all the files to a folder.
Launch the Configuration Manager console. Go to Software Library > Overview > Operating Systems. Right click Operating System Images and click Add Operating System Image.
On the Data Source page, click Browse and specify the path to Windows 10 1909 install.wim. I love this option where you can extract a specific image index from the specified WIM.
Select the Image Index which is Windows 10 Enterprise in my case. Next, select the Architecture and Language. Click Next.
On the General page, specify the information about operating system image.
Review the settings on summary page and click Next.
On the Completion page, click Close.
Step 2 – Distribute the Windows 10 1909 Content
The next step after you add Windows 10 1909 image is distribute the content to all the distribution points. Right click Windows 10 1909 Enterprise and click Distribute Content.
Click Add to specify distribution points or distribution point groups. Click Next.
Finally on the competition page, click Close.
You must wait until the content is distributed to distribution points. You can know that when you check the content status. Green color indicates the content has been distributed to the DP.
Step 3 – Create SCCM Task Sequence to Deploy Windows 10 1909
- In the SCCM console, go to Software Library > Operating Systems > Task Sequences.
- Right click Task Sequences and click Create Task Sequence.
Under Select a new task sequence to be created, click Install an existing image package. Click Next.
Specify the task sequence name. Click Browse and select the boot image. Click Next.
Click Browse and select Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Image Package. The Image Index should be populated automatically. To activate your copy of Windows 10, specify the product key.
You can also choose to randomly generate local admin password or you can specify an administrator password. Click Next.
Select Join a domain, specify the domain and domain OU. Specify the account that has permissions to join the machine to the domain. Click Next.
If you need to specify additional installation properties while installing SCCM client, you can specify it here.
Do not select any thing under State Migration. Click Next.
If you wish to install software updates along with Windows 10, you got some options here.
You can install applications along with Windows 10 1909.
Review the settings on Summary page and click Next.
Click Close on the Completion page.
Step 4 – Deploy Windows 10 1909 using SCCM
It’s time to deploy the task sequence that we created in Step 3. Right click Install Windows 10 1909 task sequence and click Deploy.
Select the collection to which you want to deploy the Task Sequence. Click Next.
Under Deployment Settings, select the purpose as Available. Under Make available to the following, select Only media and PXE.
If you want to schedule the TS deployment, you can do it under Scheduling.
On User Experience page, click Next.
Under Deployment options, select Download content locally when needed by the running task sequence.
Verify the settings on Summary page and click Next.
On the completion page click Close.
Step 5 – Windows 10 1909 Deployment
I assume you have enabled PXE under distribution point server properties. In addition to that ensure the boot images are distributed to distribution points. If you want to know how to do that, refer this guide – https://www.prajwaldesai.com/boot-images-distribution-point-configuration-osd-sccm-2012-r2/
PXE boot the client computer or VM and allow it to boot from network. Wait until the boot image loads. If you have set a TS password, enter it or just click Next.
Select the Windows 10 1909 task sequence and click Next.
The below screenshot is taken at the step where TS applies the OS image.
The task sequence execution is complete. Login to the Windows 10 computer and check the Windows 10 version. Go to Run and type Winver command.
We have successfully installed Windows 10 1909 OS build 18363.418.
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