How To Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM | ConfigMgr

In this post I will show you how to upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM servicing plan. We will create servicing plans in SCCM and deploy them to upgrade Windows 10 devices to version 21H1.

SCCM Servicing plans are really useful when it comes to deploying Windows 10 upgrades. With Configuration manager 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.

Windows 10 21H1 is a new update and before you push this update to your systems I recommend testing it first on set of computers first. If the upgrade works fine and you’re happy with this version, proceed with the upgrade. For more information on Windows 10 21H1, refer what’s new in Windows 10 21H1 for IT Pros.

Note – Servicing plans cannot be used to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines to Windows 10. So the steps mentioned in this post strictly applies if you want to upgrade Windows 10 to latest builds.

Step 1 – Get Windows 10 21H1 under Software Updates

Before you deploy the servicing plan to upgrade Windows 10 21H1, make sure the Windows 10 21H1 updates appear under All Windows 10 Updates. Go to Software Library > Windows 10 Servicing > All Windows Updates. Use a simple search criteria to find the Windows 10 21H1 updates. If you find the list of Windows 10 21H1 updates, proceed to next step.

Get Windows 10 21H1 under Software Updates
Get Windows 10 21H1 under Software Updates

Step 2 – Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan

To create a new SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan.

  • Launch the SCCM console.
  • Go to Software Library\Overview\Windows 10 Servicing\Servicing Plans.
  • Right click Servicing Plans and click Create Servicing Plan.
  • Specify the name as Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan.
Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan
Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan

Choose the deployment plan for the servicing plan. Next to Target collection click Browse and select the device collection to which you want to deploy Windows 10 21H1 upgrade. Always select a pilot device collection first that has test machines so that you can test the upgrade. If the upgrade is successful you can start deploying to production devices. Click Next.

Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan
Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan

Specify the deployment ring. You see two options – Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) and Semi-Annual Channel. Read the following post to understand the difference between the deployment rings. Click Next.

Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan
Create SCCM Windows 10 21H1 Servicing Plan

On the Upgrades window, use the property filters to refine the updates. Apart from the ones selected below, you may use other property filters as well.

Specify the following search criteria

  • Architecture – x64
  • Language – English
  • Title – 21H1
Windows 10 21H1 Upgrade Criteria
Windows 10 21H1 Upgrade Criteria

Click the Preview button to view the Windows 10 21H1 updates that will be added to the deployment. If you wish to change the language or other settings, change the search criteria based on your requirements. Click Close and then click Next.

Windows 10 21H1 Preview Updates
Windows 10 21H1 Preview Updates

Define the deployment schedule for the servicing plan and click Next.

Windows 10 21H1 Deployment Schedule
Windows 10 21H1 Deployment Schedule

Specify the User Experience settings and click Next.

Windows 10 21H1 User Experience
Windows 10 21H1 User Experience

Step 3 – Create Windows 10 21H1 Deployment Package

Based on the property filters and search criteria, the Windows 10 21H1 updates will be downloaded and added to a deployment package. Let’s Create a new deployment package for Windows 21H1 in SCCM. Specify Name and package source. Click Next.

Create Windows 10 21H1 Upgrade Deployment Package
Create Windows 10 21H1 Upgrade Deployment Package

Specify the ConfigMgr distribution points to distribute the content. Click Next. Select Download software updates from the internet. Click Next.

Create Windows 10 21H1 Upgrade Deployment Package
Create Windows 10 21H1 Upgrade Deployment Package

The Windows 10 21H1 Servicing plan is now ready. We are ready to upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM.

Completion Window
Completion Window

Step 4 – Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM Servicing Plan

Finally it’s time to test the upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM servicing plan. Right click Windows 10 21H1 servicing plan and click Run Now. Open the ruleengine.log to monitor the ADR progress.

Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM
Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM

Based on the search criteria that you defined during the SCCM servicing plan, you will find the ADR downloads the Windows 21H1 upgrade files. All these files are part of Windows 10 21H1 deployment package.

Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM
Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM

On my test machine the Feature update to Windows 10 21H1 appeared but there were around 10 updates installing so I had to wait until they were installed.

Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM
Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM

I had to wait for an hour to complete the pending updates installation. Finally the feature update to Windows 10 version 21H1 update installation began. The update is first downloaded and then installed.

Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM
Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM

The update installs automatically and you have to restart the computer to complete the Windows 10 21H1 upgrade.

Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM
Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM

After the upgrade, you may verify the Windows 10 version either by using the WinVer command or by clicking Start > About your PC.

Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM
Upgrade Windows 10 21H1 using SCCM

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