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This post is a complete SCCM 2103 upgrade guide. SCCM 2103 has been released on 5th April 2021. You can perform SCCM 2103 upgrade on sites that run SCCM version 1910 or later.

SCCM 2103 update is the first current branch update of year 2021. The version 2103 has a meaning behind it, 21 is year 2021 and 03 is the March month. At the time of writing this, SCCM 2103 is available in the Early update ring. You must run the opt-in script to see SCCM 2103 update appear in the console. To perform SCCM 2103 upgrade, you must have installed SCCM 1910 or later.

SCCM 2103 includes an incredible amount of new features and enhancements in the site infrastructure, content management, client management, co-management, application management, operating system deployment, software updates, reporting, and configuration manager console.

I will be performing SCCM 2103 upgrade over the previous version SCCM 2010. I have got a single primary site that is running Configuration Manager 2010.

Is SCCM 2103 Baseline Version ?

Yes, SCCM 2103 is the latest baseline media version available as of today. If you are installing a new site, Configuration Manager 2103 baseline version should be used. However the baseline version may be available for downloads after few weeks of it’s release.

The SCCM 2103 baseline media will be available in Microsoft Evaluation download center. In addition, you can also download SCCM 2103 media from VLSC and MSDN.

At the time of this writing, SCCM 2103 is available in the Early update ring. You must run the opt-in script to see it appear in the console. We’ll cover that in the Installation section.

SCCM 2103 Release Date

SCCM 2103 has been released on 5th April 2021 by Microsoft. The SCCM 2103 is the first current branch release of year 2021. The next versions of SCCM will be SCCM 2107 and 2111. The current branch updates will be released every four months and at the same time of the year.

Configuration Manager 2103 New Features

The Configuration Manager 2103 new features and improvements includes.

  • Site Infrastructure features and improvements
    • Exclude OU’s from Active Directory User Discovery
    • New Prerequisite checks while installing SCCM 2103 update
    • Enable the site for HTTPS-only or enhanced HTTP
    • Deprecated Azure Monitor connector
    • SQL Server Express version
  • Collections – Improvements
    • Improvements to the collection relationships viewer
    • Improvements to query preview
    • Improvements to collection evaluation view
  • Software Center Improvements
    • Change foreground color for Software Center branding
    • Improved user experience and security with Software Center custom tabs
  • Application Management New Features
    • Disable application deployments
  • OS Deployment
    • Windows 10 Servicing dashboard changes
    • Deploy a feature update with a task sequence
    • Task sequence error shows more check readiness details
    • Encryption algorithm to capture and restore user state
    • Improvements to OS deployment
  • Improvements to BitLocker management
  • Software updates Improvements in SCCM 2103
    • Approved scripts for orchestration groups
    • Change default maximum run time for software updates
    • TLS certificate pinning for devices scanning HTTPS-configured WSUSservers
  • New Features in SCCM 2103 Community hub
    • Get console extensions from the Community hub
    • Download Power BI report templates from Community hub
    • Access the top queries shared in the Community hub from CMPivot
    • Community hub support for application content
  • Configuration Manager console Improvements
    • Console extension installation
    • Add a report as a favorite
    • Improvements to the product lifecycle dashboard
  • Support Center Improvements
    • Improvements to Support Center
    • OneTrace support for jump lists

You can read What’s new in Configuration Manager 2103 for a full list of changes in version 2103.

SCCM Version 2103 Prerequisites

Before you perform SCCM 2103 upgrade, here are some of the prerequisites.

  • Update SCCM 2103 is available as an in-console update.
  • An important prerequisite is to ensure you have installed SCCM version 1910 or later.
  • Apply the version 2103 update starting at the top-level site in the hierarchy. First perform the CAS upgrade, later you can begin the upgrade of each child site. Complete the upgrade of each site before you begin to upgrade the next site.
  • Ensure that you are running a supported Operating System and SQL Server version.
  • If you’re running SCCM version older than 1910, check the SCCM In-place upgrade paths.
  • If there is a pending restart for the server, reboot the server and then begin the update installation.
  • The SCCM version should have online service connection point.

Install Configuration Manager 2010 Hotfixes or Skip ?

So the question is should I Install all the SCCM 2010 Hotfixes before SCCM 2103 upgrade?. The answer is NO. That’s because all the Configuration Manager 2010 hotfixes will be included in SCCM 2103 release. If you see any 2010 hotfixes in your console while installing update 2103, you may skip them and directly perform SCCM 2103 upgrade.

For example, in this case I have got Configuration Manager 2010 installed. In addition, there are two hotfixes applicable for version 2010 – KB4600089 and KB4594177. You can skip installing these two hotfixes and directly perform upgrade to SCCM 2103.

Note – After you finish SCCM 2103 upgrade, the old hotfixes will not show up anymore. You should see only Configuration Manager 2103 update in the console.

Install Configuration Manager 2010 Hotfixes or Skip
Install Configuration Manager 2010 Hotfixes or Skip

SCCM 2103 Upgrade – Fast Ring vs Slow Ring

The SCCM 2103 update is pretty new and will be released only for fast ring. It will stay like this for few weeks and then it will be made globally available.

The Fast ring (early Update Ring) is an opt-in ring only available for SCCM environments (using PowerShell Script). The Slow Ring (also known as Generally Available) is available for all ConfigMgr environments.

Configuration Manager update 2103 (slow ring) gets rolled out globally after few weeks of early update ring release. Until then you can either wait for the update to be made globally available or run the EnableEarlyUpdateRing 2103 script.

Windows ADK for SCCM 2103 Upgrade

The latest version of Windows ADK that you can install for SCCM 2103 is Windows ADK for Windows 10 version 2004. If you have installed an older version of ADK and would be upgrading your Windows 10 to newer versions like 2004 or 20H2, you must upgrade your ADK. Use the following guide to update ADK on SCCM server.

Download SCCM Version 2103 opt-in script

Before you begin the SCCM 2103 upgrade, to get the SCCM 2103 update in console, you must run the early update ring script. Download the version 2103 opt_in script first.

Run SCCM 2103 EnableEarlyUpdateRing PowerShell script

Here are the steps to run the SCCM Enable Early Update Ring 2103 script.

  • Close the ConfigMgr console.
  • On your SCCM server, run the PowerShell as administrator.
  • Change the path to the script location and run the EnableEarlyUpdateRing 2103 script.
  • Enter the site server name (Top level site server name or IP address) and script downloads the update 2103 in console for you.
SCCM 2013 EnableEarlyUpdateRing PowerShell script
SCCM 2103 EnableEarlyUpdateRing PowerShell script

After you run the above script, in the Updates and Servicing node, run Check for Updates. When you run the script, in the background the SCCM 2103 update starts downloading. You can monitor the update download by reviewing the dmpdownloader.log.

SCCM 2013 Update Downloading
SCCM 2103 Update Downloading

SCCM 2103 Update Stuck in Downloading State ?

Some times the update may fail to download or the update is stuck in downloading state for long time. In such situations you first need to review the dmpdownloader.log for any errors. Based on the error generated you can take further action. In case your SCCM 2103 upgrade gets stuck in downloading state, here is a post to help you – https://www.prajwaldesai.com/fix-sccm-update-stuck-downloading-state/.

Wait while the Configuration Manager downloads and extracts all the files required for upgrade. The update state changes from Downloading to Ready to Install.

Configuration Manager 2103 Update Ready to Install
Configuration Manager 2103 Update Ready to Install

The package GUID of the SCCM 2103 update is 41F02C4C-BB4B-4B8D-9299-059860339DAB.

In the next step we will perform Configuration Manager 2103 prerequisite check. Before you install the update, you must always perform prerequisite check. You may see some warnings or even errors that could prevent installing the update. Since SCCM 2103 includes new prerequisite check warnings, I highly recommend running prerequisite check.

SCCM 2103 Prerequisite Check

Here is how you perform Configuration Manager 2103 prerequisite check

  • Launch the Configuration Manager console.
  • Navigate to Administration > Overview > Updates and Servicing Node.
  • Right click Configuration Manager 2103 update and click Run Prerequisite check.
Configuration Manager 2103 Prerequisite Check
Configuration Manager 2103 Prerequisite Check

After you run prerequisite check, it takes a while to actually begin the prerequisite check. You will see the update status as checking prerequisites for long time. You can monitor the prerequisite checks either in the Monitoring workspace or review the ConfigMgrPreReq.log.

When the prerequisite check is complete you see one of these status.

  • Successful – Prerequisite Check Passed.
  • Warnings – Prerequisite Check passed with warnings.
  • Failed – Prerequisite check failed.

The status of update prerequisite check is shown in Updates and Servicing node. You can check the Prerequisite check status by monitoring the Update Pack Installation Status. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Monitoring > Overview > Updates and Servicing Status. Right click Configuration Manager 2103 update and click Show Status.

In this example, we see the state as prerequisite check passed.

prerequisite check passed
prerequisite check passed

Similar in ConfigMgrPrereq.log we see Prerequisite checking is completed. You can now proceed with installing SCCM 2103 update.

Configuration Manager 2103 Prerequisite Check Completed
Configuration Manager 2103 Prerequisite Check Completed

Fix SCCM Prerequisite Check Warnings or Errors

The most common warning that most of us see is Site Database has a backlog of SQL Change Tracking Data. Starting with SCCM 2103, you will a new warning – Enable site system roles for HTTPS or Enhanced HTTP. The solutions to these warnings and error is available in below links.

Listed below are some of common reasons why the prerequisite check fails. Sometimes your SCCM update download might get stuck. Click the Solution to fix the warning.

  • The site database has a backlog of SQL change tracking data – Solution.
  • Configuration Manager Pending System Restart – Solution.
  • SQL Server Native Client Version – Solution.
  • SCCM Update Stuck at Downloading State – Solution.
  • Enable site system roles for HTTPS or Enhanced HTTP – Solution.

Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade

Let’s upgrade SCCM to version 2103. To begin the SCCM 2103 Upgrade process.

  • Launch the SCCM console.
  • Navigate to Administration > Overview > Updates and Servicing Node.
  • Right click Configuration Manager 2103 update and click Install Update Pack.
  • This begins the SCCM 2103 Upgrade process.
Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade
Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade

The Configuration Manager 2103 update includes :-

  • Configuration Manager site server updates
  • Configuration Manager console
  • Configuration Manager client updates
  • Fixes for known issues
  • New Features

Since we have completed the prerequisite check step, I will ignore any prerequisite check warnings. Click Next.

Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade
Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade

Choose the Client Update options and click Next.

Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade
Begin SCCM 2103 Upgrade

You must accept the license terms before installing the update. Click Next.

Accept the license terms
Accept the license terms

On the Completion window, click Close.

Configuration Manager 2103 Update
Configuration Manager 2103 Update

The SCCM 2103 update installation time varies and usually takes 45 minutes and even more than that to complete. During the upgrade, do not perform any changes to your setup using Configuration Manager console.

How to Monitor SCCM 2103 Upgrade Process

After you install SCCM 2103 update, you can monitor the SCCM 2103 upgrade process with following steps.

  • In SCCM Console, go to Monitoring node.
  • Click Overview > Updates and Servicing Status.
  • Select the Configuration Manager 2103 update and click Show Status.
  • Ensure all the steps show as completed.
Monitor SCCM 2103 Upgrade Process
Monitor SCCM 2103 Upgrade Process

You can also review cmupdate.log file to monitor SCCM 2103 upgrade process.

SCCM 2103 Upgrade Post Installation Tasks

I have this question asked many times. Why are the post installation tasks not starting even after the version 2103 update shows as installed. Sometimes the posts installation tasks shows as In progress and they remain there for long time. The last time I remember seeing this issue was while installing KB4567007 where it was the update was stuck at Post Installation for long time.

There are two solutions to fix post installation tasks issue.

  • Wait for few more minutes until you see all post-installation tasks completed.
  • Restart the SCCM server and the post installation tasks will shows as completed.
SCCM 2103 Upgrade Post Installation Tasks
SCCM 2103 Upgrade Post Installation Tasks Not Started

Finally we see all the post installation tasks as Completed. Close the update pack installation status window.

SCCM 2103 Upgrade Post Installation Tasks
SCCM 2103 Upgrade Post Installation Tasks Completed

Configuration Manager 2103 Console Upgrade

Finally before we say SCCM 2103 upgrade is complete, we will upgrade the Configuration Manager console. The console upgrade window appears when you click Refresh or close and re-launch the console.

Click OK to upgrade Configuration manager console version 5.2010.1093.1900 to 5.2103.1059.1700. After you click OK, the console upgrade begins. The new version of console is launched automatically.

Configuration Manager 2103 Console Upgrade
Configuration Manager 2103 Console Upgrade

Verify Configuration Manager 2103 Upgrade

In the new console let’s verify the SCCM 2103 upgrade. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Administration\Overview\Site Configuration\Sites. Right click the site and click Properties.

On the Site Properties window, check the version and build number.

  • Version – 5.00.9049.1000
  • Build Number – 9049
Verify Configuration Manager 2103 Upgrade
Verify Configuration Manager 2103 Upgrade

In the Configuration Manager console, click About Configuration Manager.

  • Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager Version 2103
  • Console Version – 5.2103.1059.1700
  • Site Version – 5.0.9049.1000
Verify Configuration Manager 2103 Upgrade
Verify Configuration Manager 2103 Upgrade

SCCM 2103 Upgrade Post-Installation Tasks

After you install the SCCM 2103 update, there are few post installation tasks such as upgrading the client agents, boot images etc. Let’s see what they are.

Upgrade the Client Agents to version 5.00.9049.1008

It doesn’t matter what the client agent version was before the upgrade. But after you install SCCM 2103 update, you must ensure all the client agents are updated to latest version – 5.00.9049.1008.

It is important to upgrade the client agents to take full advantage of Configuration Manager 2103 new features. Take a look all the client version numbers of ConfigMgr current branch builds released so far.

There are several ways to upgrade the client agents in your setup. Microsoft recommends using the client upgrade tab of site Hierarchy Settings.

To upgrade SCCM client agents to latest version in your setup.

  • Go to Administration > Site Configuration > Sites.
  • Click the Hierarchy Settings on top ribbon. Select Client Upgrade tab.
  • Ensure Upgrade all clients in hierarchy using production client box is selected.
  • Specify the number of days within which you want to automatically upgrade client agents.
  • Click OK.
Upgrade the Client Agents to version 5.00.9049.1008
Upgrade the Client Agents to version 5.00.9049.1008

In the above example, I have set the Automatically upgrade clients in hierarchy to 1 days because my lab has got few clients. In production, 7 days is the ideal time to upgrade client agents. However you may choose a higher number as well.

After you enable the client upgrade, you can create a device collection to find the clients that are still on old version. You never know why a client upgrade fails but by reviewing the log files you can find the root cause.

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 != '5.00.9049.1008'

Update Configuration Manager 2103 Boot Images

The Configuration Manager 2103 update installation is now complete. Now you must update SCCM boot images (both x64 and x86 boot images).

  • Launch the Configuration Manager console.
  • Go to Software Library\Overview\Operating Systems\Boot Images.
  • Right click Boot Image and click Update Distribution Points.

The ADK version that you see in the console is 10.0.19041.0 but the client version still points to old update which is 5.00.9040.1008.

Anyways go ahead and update the boot image. On the General tab it shows the installed ADK version and current production client version which is 5.00.9049.1008.

Update Configuration Manager 2103 Boot Images
Update Configuration Manager 2103 Boot Images

On the Completion window, notice the line Add ConfigMgr binaries using production client version 5.00.9049.1008. Click Close.

Update Configuration Manager 2103 Boot Images
Update Configuration Manager 2103 Boot Images

SCCM 2103 Known Issues

There is only one known issue in SCCM 2103 update and that is related to PowerShell update help. Starting in version 2010, you could use the Update-Help cmdlet to download the latest information for the Configuration Manager PowerShell module. With the release of version 2103, don’t use Update-Help on a version 2010 site. Update the site to version 2103, and then update the local help content. The cmdlet will successfully download content on a version 2010 console, but Get-Help will only return default usage information. Before the release of version 2103, if you used Update-Help with a version 2010 site, you can continue to use Get-Help now.

Configuration Manager 2103 Deprecated Features

The following features are now deprecated in Configuration Manager 2103.

  • Microsoft Edge legacy browser profiles
  • Compliance settings for Company resource access
    • Certificate profiles
    • VPN profiles
    • Wi-Fi profiles
    • Windows Hello for Business settings
    • Email profiles

Upgrade SCCM Secondary site to 2103 Version

Use the below steps to upgrade SCCM Secondary site to 2103 version.

  • Launch the SCCM console.
  • Navigate to Administration\Overview\Site Configuration\Sites.
  • Select your Secondary Site server, right click and select the Upgrade option.
Upgrade SCCM Secondary site to 2103 Version
Upgrade SCCM Secondary site to 2103 Version

In the next step you see a confirmation box asking you have chosen to upgrade secondary site <sec site code>. This action will upgrade the database and server components on server <server name>. It will uninstall and reinstall all site system roles within the secondary site. Do you want to continue. Click Yes to begin SCCM secondary site server upgrade.

During the SCCM 2103 secondary site upgrade, refer the ConfigMgrSetup.Log, SMS_Bootstrap.log, SMStsvc.log log files. Finally verify the site version and build number of secondary site. The secondary site now shows the version as 5.00.9049.1000 and build number as 9049.

SCCM Secondary Site Server Upgrade Process
SCCM Secondary Site Server Upgrade Process

Configuration Manager 2103 Upgrade Video

Here is the 8 step video that shows how to perform Configuration Manager 2103 upgrade video.

SCCM 2103 Upgrade FAQ’s

Some of the commonly asked questions before installing SCCM 2103 update.

Is SCCM 2103 a baseline version?

Yes, SCCM 2103 is available as baseline media version.

SCCM 2103 Known Issues?

There is only one known issue in SCCM 2103 update and that is related to PowerShell update help.

Minimum SCCM version required to apply update 2103?

You can apply the SCCM 2103 update on sites that run SCCM version 1910 or later.

What is the SCCM 2103 Client Version number?

The SCCM 2103 client version number is 5.00.9049.1008.

SCCM 2103 Release Date?

SCCM 2103 has been released on April 5th, 2021.

Prajwal Desai

Hi, I am Prajwal Desai. For last few years I have been working on multiple technologies such as SCCM / Configuration Manager, Intune, Azure, Security etc. I created this site so that I can share valuable information with everyone.

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9 Comments

  1. “Enable site system roles for HTTPS or Enhanced HTTP – Solution.”

    Hi! There is no hyperlink to the solution..

  2. Hi,

    I think you mean in this question 5th April not March?

    SCCM 2103 Update Release Date?
    The SCCM 2103 update is released on 5th March 2021.

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