SCCM Windows 10 2004 Upgrade Deployment

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Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. If you are still using Windows 7, your PC may become more vulnerable to security risks. Microsoft published the Windows 10 2004 feature update (aka Windows 10 May 2020 Update) on VLSC. If you haven’t planned your Windows 7 migration to Windows 10, this post will help prepare your SCCM Server to deploy it.

You may also need to deploy Windows 2004 to your Windows 10 computer to stay supported or to benefits from the new features. Before deploying a new Windows 10 feature upgrade, you need to have a good plan. Test it in a lab environment, deploy it to a limited group and test all your business applications before broad deployment. Do not treat a feature upgrade as normal monthly software updates. Treat it as a new operating system as if you were upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10.

You can also follow our complete Windows 10 Deployment blog post series if you’re unfamiliar with the whole upgrade process.

This blog post will cover all the task needed to deploy the new SCCM Windows 10 2004 Upgrade :

  • Check if you have an SCCM Supported version
  • Upgrade your Windows ADK
  • Import the OS in SCCM to use with your deployment Task Sequence
  • Create a Windows 10 Upgrade Task Sequence for Windows 10 (and Win 7 or 8.1 computers)
  • Update your Automatic Deployment Rules and Software Update, groups
  • Import your ADMX

Check Prerequisite SCCM Windows 10 2004 Upgrade

For Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update, you need at least SCCM 2002 in order to support it as a client. See the following support matrix if you’re running an outdated SCCM version and make sure to update your site.

Windows ADK

Before capturing and deploying a Windows 10 2004 image, make sure that you’re running a supported version of the Windows ADK. Windows recommends using the Windows ADK that matches the version of Windows you’re deploying. If you’re already running an ADK version on your SCCM server, see our post on how to install a new version.

Upgrade Method – Task Sequence or Servicing Plan?

You can’t use servicing plans to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers. So you must use an upgrade task sequence.

In order to upgrade an existing Windows 10 to Windows 2004, you have 2 choices: You can use an upgrade Task Sequence or you can use Servicing Plans.

There a strong debate over which is the best method. We prefer to use Upgrade Task Sequence for the simple reason that it’s more customizable. You can run pre-upgrade and post-upgrade tasks which will be mandatory if you have any sort of customization to your Windows 10 deployments.

For example, Windows 10 is resetting pretty much anything related to regional settings, keyboard, start menu and taskbar customization. Things are getting better from one version to another but if you’re upgrading from an older build, let’s say 1511, expect some post-configuration tasks… and the only way to do that is using a task sequence.

Servicing Plan has the simplicity, you set your option and forget, as for Automatic Deployment Rules does for Software Updates. We yet did not have any client that doesn’t want any control over Windows 10 upgrade in their organization. We totally understand the point of Servicing Plan and they’ll be useful in a couple of releases when Windows 10 upgrades will be an easy task… but for now, it’s not, unfortunately.

Import SCCM Windows 10 2004 Operating System

We will now import the Windows 10 2004 WIM file for Operating System Deployment. If you don’t have the Windows 10 ISO, you can download it from Microsoft Volume Licensing Site.

We will be importing the default Install.wim from the Windows 10 media for a “vanilla” Windows 10 deployment. You could also import a WIM file that you’ve created through a build and capture process. This WIM wile will be used for new computers, to upgrade an existing Windows 10, you need to import an Operating System Upgrade Packages. We will cover this in the next section.

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Software Library / Operating Systems / Operating System Images
  • Right-click Operating System Images and select Add Operating System Image
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  • On the Data Source tab, browse to your WIM file. The path must be in UNC format
  • You can now select to import only a specific index from the WIM file. We selected the Windows 10 Enterprise index
  • Select your Architecture and Language at the bottom and click Next
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  • In the General tab, enter the Name, Version and Comment, click Next
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  • On the Summary tab, review your information and click Next
  • Complete the wizard and close this window

Distribute your SCCM Windows 10 2004 Operating System Image

We now need to send the Operating System Image (WIM file) to our distribution points.

  • Right-click your Operating System Image, select Distribute Content and complete the Distribute Content wizard

Add Operating System Upgrade Packages

We will now import the complete Windows 10 media in Operating System Upgrade Packages. This package will be used to upgrade an existing Windows 10 or a Windows 7 (or 8.1) device to Windows 10 using an Upgrade Task Sequence.

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Software Library / Operating Systems / Operating System Upgrade Packages
  • Right-click Operating System Upgrade Packages and select Add Operating System Upgrade Packages
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  • In the Data Source tab, browse to the path of your full Windows 10 media. The path must point to an extracted source of an ISO file. You need to point at the top folder where Setup.exe reside
  • You can now select to import only a specific index from the WIM file. We selected the Windows 10 Enterprise index
  • Select your Architecture and Language at the bottom and click Next
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  • In the General tab, enter the Name, Version, and Comment, click Next
  • On the Summary tab, review your information and click Next and complete the wizard

Distribute your Operating System Upgrade Packages

We now need to send the Operating System Upgrade Package to your distribution points.

  • Right-click your Operating System Upgrade Package, select Distribute Content and complete the Distribute Content wizard
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Create SCCM Task Sequence for Windows 10 2004

Let’s create an SCCM task sequence upgrade for a computer running a Windows 10 device. Once again, this Task Sequence could be used for Windows 7 or 8.1.

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Software Library \ Operating Systems \ Task Sequences
  • Right-click Task Sequences and select Upgrade an operating system from upgrade package
  • In the Task Sequence Information tab, enter a Task Sequence Name and Description
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  • On the Upgrade the Windows Operating System tab, select your upgrade package by using the Browse button
  • Select your Edition Index depending on the edition you want to deploy. If you select just 1 index as per our indication in previous steps, you’ll see just 1 index to select from.
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  • On the Include Updates tab, select the desired Software Update task
    • All Software Updates will install the updates regardless of whether there is a deadline set on the deployment (on your OSD collection)
    • Mandatory Software Updates will only install updates from deployments that have a scheduled deadline (on your OSD collection)
    • Do not install any software updates will not install any software update during the Task Sequence
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  • On the Install Applications tab, select any application you want to add to your upgrade process
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  • On the Summary tab, review your choices and click Next and click Close

Edit the SCCM Windows 10 2004 Task Sequence Upgrade

Now that we have created the upgrade task sequence, let’s see what it looks like under the hood.

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Software Library \ Operating Systems \ Task Sequences
  • Right-click your upgrade task sequences and select Edit

As you can see, it’s fairly simple. SCCM will take care of everything in a couple of steps :

  • The Upgrade Operating System step contains the important step of applying Windows 10
  • Ensure to choose the right Edition

Deploy the SCCM Windows 10 2004 Upgrade Task Sequence

We are now ready to deploy our task sequence to the computer we want to upgrade. In our case, we are targeting a Windows 7 computer.

  • Go to Software Library \ Operating Systems \ Task Sequences
  • Right-click Task Sequences and select Deploy
  • On the General pane, select your collection. This is the collection that will receive the Windows 10 upgrade. For testing purposes, we recommend putting only 1 computer to start
  • On the Deployment Settings tab, select the Purpose of the deployment
    • Available will prompt the user to install at the desired time
    • Required will force the deployment at the deadline (see Scheduling)
  • You cannot change the Make available to the following drop-down since upgrade packages are available to clients only
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  • On the Scheduling tab, enter the desired available date and time. On the screenshot, we can’t create an Assignment schedule because we select Available in the previous screen
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  • In the User Experience pane, select the desired options
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  • In the Alerts tab, check Create a deployment alert when the threshold is higher than the following check-box if you want to create an alert on the failures
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  • On the Distribution Point pane, select the desired Deployment options. We will leave the default options
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  • Review the selected options and complete the wizard

Launch the Upgrade Process on a Windows 10 computer

Everything is now ready to deploy to our Windows 10 computers. For our example, we will be upgrading a Windows 10 1909 to Windows 10 2004. This task sequence can also be used on a Windows 7 or 8.1 devices to install Windows 10 2004.

  • Log on our Windows 10 computer and launch a Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle from Control Panel / Configuration Manager Icon
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  • Open the new Software Center from the Windows 10 Start Menu
  • You’ll see the SCCM upgrade task sequence as available. We could have selected the Required option in our deployment schedule, to launch automatically without user interaction at a specific time
  • When ready, click on Install
  • On the Warning, click Install
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  • The update is starting, the task sequence Installation Progress screen shows the different steps
  • The WIM is downloading on the computer and saved in C:\_SMSTaskSequence
  • You can follow task sequence progress in C:\Windows\CCM\Logs\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.log
  • After downloading, the system will reboot
  • The computer restart and is loading the files in preparation for the Windows 10 upgrade
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  • WinPE is loading
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  • The upgrade process starts. This step should take between 60-90 minutes depending on the device hardware
  • Windows 10 is getting ready, 2-3 more minutes and the upgrade will be completed
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  • Once completed the SetupComplete.cmd script runs. This step is important to set the task sequence service to the correct state
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  • Windows is now ready, all software and settings are preserved
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Create Software Update Group

One important thing in any OSD project is to make sure that the deployment of every machine is up to date. Before deploying Windows 10 2004, make sure that your Software Update Point is configured to include Windows 10 patches.

Once Windows 10 is added to your Software Update Point, we will create a Software Update Group that will be deployed to our Windows 10 deployment collection. This way, all patches released after the Windows 10 media creation (or your Capture date) will be deployed during the deployment process.

To create a Windows 10 Software Update Group :

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Software Library / Software Updates / All Software Updates
  • On the right side, click Add Criteria, select Product, Expired and Superseded
    • Product : Windows 10
    • Expired  : No
    • Superseded: No
    • Title contains 2004
  • Select only the latest Cumulative Updates that apply  (x64 or x86) and select Create Software Update Group
  • Once created, go to Software Library / Software Updates / Software Update Groups
  • Right-click your Windows 10 SUG and deploy it to your OSD deployment collection

Import ADMX File

If you’re responsible for managing group policy in your organization. Ensure that you import the latest Windows 10 2004 ADMX file on your domain controller.

Bonus Resources

After your SCCM Windows 10 2004 Upgrade, need a report to track your Windows 10 devices? We developed a report to help you achieve that :

Asset – Windows 10 SCCM Report

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