Deploy Windows 10 1909 Using SCCM

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.

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 1909If you have any questions, post it under Comments or to get help post your questions in community forums.

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Devin Williams
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Devin Williams

Thanks for the great info as always Prajwal. I do have an issue with 1903/1909 SCCM deployments if anyone has seen this and maybe resolved it. My task sequence controls many configurations by setting reg keys in HKLM during the task sequence. Since 1903 and continuing in 1909. The steps that do this are hit or miss. I’ve tried PowerShell steps using a package, Running the script from the PowerShell step and wrapping them in an application installer and none are consistent. Going through the logs. All complete fine without errors and if I change out OS for 1809, everything… Read more »

Darko
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Darko

Hi Prajwal! Awesome article! Thank you.
Do you maybe know how to automatic assign first free machine name from AD when adding machine into Domain OU?
I have this sorted over WDS but don’t know how to do it when deploying over SCCM.
Thank you.

Regards,
Darko

Azdeane Kaabeche
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Azdeane Kaabeche

Hi Prajwal,

Do you know where i can install the windows 10 enterprise edition iso files? Thanks

Ravish k
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Ravish k

Amazing post with clear instruction. Thanks Prajwal.

Rajneesh Kaura
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Rajneesh Kaura

Awesome Doc

Suraj Malusare
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Suraj Malusare

Hi Prajwal

Using Windows 10 servicing plan we can upgrade windows version with higher version, So has Microsoft released feature updates for 1909 ?

Emil Skibsted
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Emil Skibsted

We are having issues with adding the 1903 language pack to 1909 (and also on the newer 1903 versions). The issues are that you can’t use Windows search and in the edge browser some of the text in the header is showing as square symbols. Hope MS fix this soon.

Emil Skibsted
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Emil Skibsted

The 1911 update fixes the issues. 🙂

Hussain
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Hussain

Thank you for the effort made to educate us.

All the best of luck.

John Kerry
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John Kerry

Lol, come on.. you know it’s really not that simple… driver handling? Languages? Multi domain and numerous OU’s? The list goes on… and, then, this is bare metal. Try to do a smooth feature upgrade from, say, 1709 to 1809 ..or to 1909…. Microsoft really turned feature updates into a debacle. There’re trying to fix it now, but unless you started fresh in the enterprise at 1903, get ready for a fun ride. They should have made Win10 enterprise ready from the start.

Aslan
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Aslan

Fully agree, will be good to look at solutions for described above scenarios

Red-Erik
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Red-Erik

Hello,
Why you write about 1903 on the beginning of the article ?
“Step 1 – Add Windows 10 1903 Operating System Image”
Regards.

Red.

Dan
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Dan

How do you deal with model specific drivers or do you let Windows Updates pull them down?

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