Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

Prajwal Desai
Posted by Prajwal Desai

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.

The following table lists the versions of Windows 10 that you can use as a client with different versions of Configuration Manager.
Copyright – Microsoft. The following table lists the versions of Windows 10 that you can use as a client with different versions of Configuration Manager.

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.

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Launch the Configuration Manager console. Go to Software Library > Overview > Operating Systems. Right click Operating System Images and click Add Operating System Image.

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.

specify database source

On the General page, specify the information about operating system image.

OS information

Review the settings on summary page and click Next.

OS Summary

On the Completion page, click Close.

Completion

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.

Distribute Windows 10 1909

Click Next.

Distribute Windows 10 1909

Click Add to specify distribution points or distribution point groups. Click Next.

Select distribution point

Finally on the competition page, click Close.

Distribute the operating system

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.

operating system content distributed

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.

Create SCCM Task Sequence

Under Select a new task sequence to be created, click Install an existing image package. Click Next.

Create SCCM Task Sequence

Specify the task sequence name. Click Browse and select the boot image. Click Next.

Specify OS info

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.

Install windows step

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.

Domain join information

If you need to specify additional installation properties while installing SCCM client, you can specify it here.

Configuration Manager Client package

Do not select any thing under State Migration. Click Next.

state migration

If you wish to install software updates along with Windows 10, you got some options here.

Include Updates

You can install applications along with Windows 10 1909.

Install applications

Review the settings on Summary page and click Next.

Summary

Click Close on the Completion page.

Completion

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.

Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

Select the collection to which you want to deploy the Task Sequence. Click Next.

Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

Under Deployment Settings, select the purpose as Available. Under Make available to the following, select Only media and PXE.

Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

If you want to schedule the TS deployment, you can do it under Scheduling.

Task sequence deployment settings

On User Experience page, click Next.

Task sequence deployment settings

Under Deployment options, select Download content locally when needed by the running task sequence.

Task sequence deployment settings

Verify the settings on Summary page and click Next.

Task sequence deployment settings

On the completion page click Close.

Task sequence deployment settings

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.

Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

Select the Windows 10 1909 task sequence and click Next.

Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

The below screenshot is taken at the step where TS applies the OS image.

Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

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.

Windows 10 1909

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Prajwal Desai is a Microsoft MVP in Intune and SCCM. He writes articles on SCCM, Intune, Windows 365, Windows Server, Windows 11, WordPress and other topics, with the goal of providing people with useful information.
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