Upgrade Windows 1607 to Windows 1703 using SCCM Servicing Plans

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 108 Comments

Microsoft published the next 1703 feature update (aka Creator Update), as Current Branch Update on 11th April 2017. Four months after the Current Branch for Business will be published (planned for August 2017) and you may need to deploy it 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.

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans Requirements

If it’s the first time you are using Windows 10 servicing plans, follow our previous post that explains the requirements to setup your Software Update Point. This post also explains the difference between Features Updates and Upgrades in update classifications. Be sure to read that to understand the difference between both.

We’ll start by making sure that the latest Feature Upgrade is synchronized on our server:

  • Go to Software Library \ Windows 10 Servicing
  • Right-click Windows 10 Servicing, select Synchronize Software Updates

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • As for any Software Update synchronization process, follow the progress in Wsyncmgr.log in your SCCM installation directory
  • Once completed, go to Software Library \ Windows 10 Servicing \ All Windows 10 Updates
  • You should have your Windows 10 1703 Upgrade packages listed

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

Once again, if you are seeing Feature Upgrade and Upgrades read this post to understand the difference. TL;DR : Feature Upgrade = CB, Upgrades = CBB

Create Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

Now that we have Windows 10 1703 upgrade packages synchronized in SCCM, we can create a servicing plan for our Windows 10 devices. Servicing Plan and Automatic Deployment Rules shares the same engine so you won’t be disoriented by servicing plans.

Warning
Servicing plans are designed to upgrade Windows 10 from one build to another build only. You can’t use that to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. If you need to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10 use an Upgrade Task Sequence instead.

Looking at the Windows 10 Servicing dashboard ( Software Library \ Windows 10 Servicing), you can see your Windows 10 expiration statistics :

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • Go to Software Library \ Windows 10 Servicing \ Servicing Plan
  • Right-click Servicing Plan and select Create Servicing Plan

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  • In the General pane, give a Name and Description, click Next

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • On the Servicing Plan tab, click Browse and select your Target Collection

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Deployment Ring tab:
    • Specify the Windows readiness state to which your servicing plan should apply
    • Specify how many days you want to wait before deploying

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Upgrade tab, specify the Language, Required and Title of the upgrade packages you want to deploy. The language feature is available in SCCM 1602+.

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • Use the Preview button to ensure that you are targeting the right version (We are targeting Windows 10 1703 Enterprise en-us devices that are Required)

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  • In the Deployment Schedule tab, select the desired behavior

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the User Experience tab, select the desired options

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Deployment Package tab, select Create a new deployment package and enter your Package Source path

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Distribution Points tab, select your distribution point

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Download Location tab, select Download software updates from the Internet

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Language Selection tab, select your language

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • In the Summary tab, review your settings and close the Create Servicing Plan wizard

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • Right-click your newly created Servicing Plan and select Run Now
  • Check the RuleEngine.log file to see the progress. This process takes a while.

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • A Software Update Group and Deployment Package will be created. The size of the package will be around 2-3gb per language

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • You can also see that the deployment gets created in the Monitoring / Deployments section

Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plan Deployment

Now that the deployment is triggered for clients, we will launch the installation manually using software center.

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • Initiate a Software Update Deployment Evaluation Schedule using the Configuration Manager icon in Control Panel
  • Open the Software Center, under Updates, Feature Update to Windows 10 Enterprise 1703 is listed

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  • Select it and select Install

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • Accept the warning by clicking Install Operating System. (Your data won’t be lost)

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • The computer will restart after about 5 minutes
  • The whole upgrade process takes about 30 to 45 minutes and your device will be rebooted multiple time

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  • Once completed, log on the computer using your account. Windows is happy to tell you that it’s updated

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  • We are now running Windows 10 Enterprise version 1703(Build 15063.483)

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

  • Back in the Software Library \ Windows 10 Servicing \ Servicing Plan node
  • Our machine is now listed as Windows 10 version 1703 and is no longer listed as Expire Soon in the Windows 10 Servicing node
  • The Service Plan Monitoring section can be used to monitor compliance and you can use the Deploy Now button to deploy the same service plan to a new collection

SCCM Windows 10 1703 Servicing Plans

Use the comment section to tell how you’re planning to upgrade your outdated Windows 10 versions.

Founder of System Center Dudes. Based in Montreal, Canada, Senior Microsoft SCCM Consultant, 4 times Enterprise Mobility MVP. Working in the industry since 1999. His specialization is designing, deploying and configuring SCCM, mass deployment of Windows operating systems, Office 365 and Intunes deployments.
Upgrade Windows 1607 to Windows 1703 using SCCM Servicing Plans
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8 Comments on “Upgrade Windows 1607 to Windows 1703 using SCCM Servicing Plans”

  1. I have setup a service plan and started testing. 1607 to 1703.
    Just wondering what are the logs i can read to monitor and troubleshoot on the client and server side?

    Also i have notices that after the upgrade custom setting are gone. Custom task bar, branding and registry settings.

    How would you go about retaining those or maybe create a TS with those custom setting and run that?
    Thank you.

  2. I have followed your post, But do not see anything in the software center available.
    And i do not have in Software Center, Updates, Feature Update to Windows 10 Enterprise 1703.

    What version of SCCM are you running?
    Maybe i missed something?

  3. Is it normal that 1703 disappeared from the current branch ring? I created a servicing plan using this blog for both the current branch and current branch for business and noticed this behavior once 1703 became available as CB • Semi-Annual Channel a few days ago.

    1. I ran into this, as well, and I could no longer preview the feature update with the filters I had in place. I was also having trouble getting the servicing plan to filter the correct version when configuring for CBB, but that started working yesterday. Since I created that new servicing plan, I am still unable to update any 1607 systems to 1703. When my servicing plan runs, 1607 systems come back as compliant when checking the deployment status. I have an open ticket with Microsoft support, and I haven’t had a resolution since I opened the request back at the end of June. I have the necessary prerequisites in-place. Does anyone have any ideas regarding compliance inaccuracies with Windows 10?

      I’m also unable to get ADRs to deliver quality updates for Windows 10, even though they seem to get added to the Software Update Groups that get created. However, our Office 365 updates, as well as Windows 7 updates, are installing via ADRs. The Office 365 updates are installing on Windows 10 systems, so they can accept these types of updates at the very least. Additionally, I can see Windows 10-related updates under All Software Updates, and I was able to successfully create a deployment package for the 1703 servicing plan. Files for the 1703 deployment package are definitely getting added to the source directory.

      Any help is appreciated, as this has me stumped.

      Thanks!

  4. Thank you for the post. Servicing plans for Office 365 is the same logic? Do you guys have a guide? I wasn’t able to find one.
    Thank you.

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