Step-by-Step Guide to Update Windows ADK on SCCM Server

In this blog post, I will show how to update an existing installation of a Windows ADK on an SCCM server. Learn the best practices to update Windows ADK and WinPE to the latest version on SCCM server.

My current SCCM 1902 setup is running the ADK version 1809. I will show you how to update the ADK version from 1809 to 1903.

When you deploy operating systems with Configuration Manager, the Windows ADK is a required external dependency. Hence it is important to update the ADK version when you plan to deploy new Windows 10 versions.

To know about Windows ADK versions and downloads, check this post.

What is Windows ADK

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit contains set of tools that you need to customize Windows images for large-scale deployment. You can use the tools to test the quality and performance of your system and applications running on it.

Every new release of Windows ADK is better than it’s previous version. It is almost difficult to remember what was added in particular version of ADK. So always refer this article to know what’s new in every version of Windows ADK.

What is Windows PE Add-on for Windows ADK

Starting with Windows 10, version 1809, Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) is released separately from the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

To add Windows PE to your ADK installation, download the Windows PE Add-on and run the included installer after installing the ADK.

Should I update Windows ADK

This is the common question asked by many whether should I update Windows ADK version. Absolutely Yes !!. There are many advantages of using the latest version of Windows ADK.

  • As and when new Windows 10 versions come out, to deploy them using SCCM, you need the latest version of ADK.
  • By installing or updating Windows ADK, you get the access to latest features baked in ADK version.

Windows ADK Features

The Windows ADK includes the following features. While you are installing Windows 10 ADK, you can select the below features to install them.

Note – If you are installing Windows ADK on SCCM Server, you might probably look to select only Deployment Tools and User state migration tool features.

  • Application Compatibility Tools
  • Deployment Tools
  • Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
  • Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD)
  • Configuration Designer
  • User State Migration Tool (USMT)
  • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
  • Windows Performance Toolkit
  • Windows Assessment Toolkit
  • Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
  • Application Virtualization Sequencer (App-V)
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization Auto Sequencer (App-V)
  • Media experience Analyzer

Install Windows ADK on SCCM server

Download Windows ADK and WinPE Addon

Before we proceed further let’s download Windows ADK and WinPE addon from the here.

  • Download the Windows ADK for Windows 10 version 1903 – Direct link
  • Download the Windows PE add-on for the ADK – Download link

download adk and winpe addon

When you click on above links, you get two installers – adksetup.exe and adkwinpesetup.exe. Save them to a folder.

adksetup and adkwinpesetup

Update Windows ADK on SCCM Server

Now that we have ADK and WinPE add-on installers downloaded, let’s look at the steps to update Windows ADK on SCCM server.

First of all, it is important that you inform the business about this change. Since you are going to uninstall ADK, install new version and update boot images, ensure you do this change when no OS deployments are going on.

Uninstall Windows ADK

Here is how you uninstall Windows ADK

  • Login to SCCM server.
  • Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
  • Right click Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit – Windows 10 and click Uninstall.

uninstall windows adk

Click Yes when asked for uninstall confirmation.

uninstall windows adk

The Windows ADK uninstall is complete.

uninstall windows adk

Uninstall WinPE add-on

After you uninstall Windows ADK, you must next uninstall Windows PE add-on.

  • Login to SCCM server.
  • Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features.
  • Right click Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Windows Preinstallation Environment add-ons – Windows 10 and click Uninstall.

Uninstall WinPE addon

Click Yes and complete the uninstall.

Uninstall WinPE addon

Both Windows ADK and Windows PE add-on are now uninstalled.

Install Windows ADK

To install Windows ADK on SCCM server

  • Login to SCCM server.
  • Run adksetup.exe as administrator.
  • This launches Windows ADK setup wizard with two options under Specify Location.
  • Select the first option – Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to this computer.

Click Next.

Install Windows ADK on SCCM server

Click Next.

Install Windows ADK on SCCM server

Accept the License Agreement.

Install Windows ADK on SCCM server

As mentioned earlier, select the features required for SCCM OSD. Click Install.

Install Windows ADK on SCCM server

The Windows ADK – Windows 10 installation is complete. Click Close.

Install Windows ADK on SCCM server

Install Windows PE add-on

Here is how you install Windows PE add-on on SCCM server

  • Login to SCCM server.
  • Run adkwinpesetup.exe as administrator.
  • This launches Windows ADK setup wizard with two options under Specify Location.
  • Select the first option – Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Windows PE add-ons to this computer.

Click Next.

Install Windows PE add-on on SCCM server

Accept the license agreement.

Install Windows PE add-on on SCCM server

There are no additional features except Windows PE to select. Click Install.

Install Windows PE add-on on SCCM server

The Windows PE add-on installation is complete. Click Close.

Install Windows PE add-on on SCCM server

Update Boot Images to Distribution Points

Finally after you install the latest version of Windows ADK, you must always update boot images. The boot images must be updated to all the distribution points present in the setup. Most of all you must update both x64 and x86 boot images.

To Update Boot Images

  • Launch SCCM console.
  • Go to Software Library > Overview > Operating Systems > Boot Images.
  • Right click Boot Image and click Update Distribution Points.

update SCCM boot images

Check the box “Reload this boot image with the current Windows PE version from the Windows ADK“. Click Next.

update SCCM boot images

On Summary page, click Next.

update SCCM boot images

On the completion page, click Close.

Update Boot images to distribution points

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Guide to Update Windows ADK on SCCM Server

Topics Covered
1) What is Windows ADK & Windows PE Add-on
2) Should I update Windows ADK
3) Download Windows ADK and WinPE Addon
4) Update Windows ADK on SCCM Server

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Sucha

I have upgraded sccm 1809 to 1902 , after that i got many errors in server “LocationServices” The log says “Failed to send management point list Location Request Message” to “my sccm server name” “MP_Status” The log says “Mp Status: processing event: SMS_RemoteClient_ManagementPointCertificate_CrossVerificationFailure, for machine: “client machines” when i cross-checked all of the client machines the client “LocationServices” log says “Failed to validate the certificate ” from management point ” my sccm server name”. and “Failed to retrieve MP certificate authentication information over http.” “CertificateMaintenance” in client machine the log says “Failed to verify signature of message received from MP… Read more »

Marek

Hi I we have ADK 1803.
I unistall ADK there was no Win PE.
Then install ADK , PE , restart but I don’t see new WinPE boot images in console.

IT360.be

After installing the new ADK, you have to reboot otherwise SCCM doesn’t see the new version.

Bo B.

Don’t you need to update the USMT package in Config Mgr as well?

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