This post covers about SCCM servicing plans. You can create servicing plans in Configuration Manager and deploy them to upgrade Windows 10 devices in your setup.
Using Servicing plans in SCCM, I will show you how to upgrade Windows 10 version 1809 to Windows 10 version 1903. This guide should also work when you want to use servicing plans to upgrade to a higher version of Windows 10.
With servicing plans you can ensure that all the Windows 10 systems are kept up-to-date when new builds are released. If you know the build is stable and wish to roll-out, servicing plan makes it very easy to accomplish the task.
In my previous post, I covered the steps to perform Windows 10 1903 upgrade using SCCM. In addition to that you use SCCM 1902 to deploy updates to Windows 10 version 1903. For more info, read this post.
If you are using SCCM, remember that you cannot use the servicing plans to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines. So the steps mentioned in this post strictly applies if you want to upgrade Windows 10 to latest builds.
Windows 10 Servicing Dashboard Prerequisites
First of all let’s start with Prerequisites. Note that if all the below prerequisites are not met, you may not see data in Windows 10 Servicing dashboard.
- WSUS 4.0 with the hotfixes 3095113 and 3159706 must be installed on your software update points and site servers.
- Both the above hotfixes are applicable if you are using Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 in your setup.
- You must enable heartbeat discovery. When you install SCCM, the heartbeat discovery is enabled by default. However go to discovery methods and check once.
- Ensure the service connection point is installed and configured for Online, persistent connection mode.
- You must configure software updates to deploy Windows 10 feature updates.
Configure Software Update Point
You must install and configure software update point prior to creating servicing plan. If you want to deploy Windows 10 updates, the product “Windows 10” must be first selected. Here is a guide to install and configure software update point.
- Launch SCCM Console
- Go to Administration > Site Configuration > Sites.
- On top ribbon click Configure Site component and then click Software Update Point.
- Click Products tab and select Windows 10.
Click Classifications tab and under Software update classifications, select Upgrades.
You get a Windows 10 Servicing prerequisite box. Those two hotfixes are the ones that are covered in Prerequisites section above.
Enable Heartbeat Discovery
You only need to check if the Heartbeat discovery is enabled. The data displayed in the Windows 10 servicing dashboard is found by using this discovery.
You can now adjust the priority with which clients install a feature update through Windows 10 servicing.
Synchronize Software Updates
After making the changes to Software Update Point, you must sync the software updates.
To synchronize software updates in SCCM
- Go to Software Library > Overview > Windows 10 Servicing.
- Right click All Windows 10 Updates and click Synchronize Software Updates.
- To monitor the synchronization process, open wsyncmgr.log file.
So here is what you see when you complete the updates synchronization. Notice that there are lot of feature updates, as a result you may not see all the updates.
In this case, I will filter the updates using a simple search criteria. Click Add Criteria and select Title and Language.
Choose Title contains as 1903 and Language as English. This criteria returns very few and specific updates which I want.
So now that we see Windows 10 version 1903 feature updates, we can go ahead and create servicing plan for Windows 10.
Click Windows 10 servicing dashboard. That should show count of machines running Windows 10 versions. In my case all the Windows 10 machines are at version 1809.
Create SCCM Servicing Plans to Upgrade Windows 10
To create SCCM Servicing Plans
- In the SCCM console, go to Software Library > Overview > Windows 10 Servicing.
- Right click Servicing Plans and click Create Servicing Plan.
Specify the name and description for servicing plan. Click Next.
To perform Windows 10 upgrade deployment, click Browse and select Target Collection. Click Next.
Windows 10 Deployment Rings
For Deployment Ring, We see two options here.
- Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) – Targeted deployment refers to the phase immediately following the release of a new Windows version. Choose this when devices across various teams evaluate the major release prior to broad deployment.
- Semi-Annual Channel – With this channel, With the Semi-Annual Channel, Microsoft releases two Windows Feature Updates, one in March and the other in September. Each of these have 18-month servicing timeline.
For more information on deployment rings for windows 10 updates, read this article.
Since I am deploying the updates in my test lab, I am going to select Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) deployment ring.
Before you deploy updates, you must specify how long you want to wait after MS has published a new upgrade. This is a very important decision and if you are deploying feature updates in an organization, a proper planning is must.
In this step you got some good options to filter upgrades. I have got only 64-bit Windows 10 enterprise machines with English as default langauge. Hence my search criteria looks something like this.
- Architecture – x64
- Language – English
- Title – 1903
Before you click Next, click Preview button.
In the Preview updates window, you now see the updates based on the search criteria that you specified. If you don’t see the desired updates, check your criteria again.
Click Close and then Next.
Under Deployment Schedule, specify the time based on which is either UTC or Client Local time.
Specify the Software available time and software installation deadline. Click Next.
Specify the user experience for this deployment. Click Next.
Create Windows 10 Deployment Package
Select Create a new deployment package. Specify Name and package source. Click Next.
Add the distribution points to host the content. Click Next.
Select Download software updates from the internet. Click Next.
Specify the update languages for the products. Click Next.
On the Summary page, verify the settings. Click Next.
On Completion page, click Close.
Deploy Windows 10 using SCCM Servicing Plans
The servicing plan that you just created is shown under Servicing plans. Right click Servicing plan and click Run Now. When you click Run Now, the deployment begins to specified Windows 10 collection.
Go to Monitoring > Overview > Deployments. Select the deployment and that should show how many machines are compliant.
Confirming the Windows 10 Upgrade
After few minutes, in the Software Center, i could see the update getting installed. This was on all the Windows 10 machines in my test setup.
The update installation takes good amount of time. In my case it took around 20 minutes before i saw a restart popup.
You must restart the computer to complete the upgrade.
Log in back to computer and check Windows 10 version. Using SCCM servicing plan, we upgraded Windows 10 1809 to Windows 10 1903 without any errors.
Rather I saw the version as “Other” which means Configuration Manager failed to figure out the Windows 10 build. I am checking this with Microsoft team and shall the update the post once i get more info.