How to Update Windows ADK on a SCCM Server

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM42 Comments

With each major release of Windows 10, comes a new release fo the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This means yet another product to keep up-to-date in your environment. In this post, we will cover how to update an existing installation of a Windows ADK on an SCCM server. If you are looking for a history of Windows ADK versions, see our post here. The following steps can be applied no matter what version of the ADK is already installed or will be installed. Why the Windows ADK must be updated? Stay supported for SCCM and Windows 10 OS deployment Microsoft recommend matching the Windows 10 version deployed New setting in WinPE or in the Unattend.xml for the latest Windows 10 build Windows ADK Compatibility Chart Here’s the table for Windows ADK compatibility with SCCM Current Branch, as the time of posting. For the latest compatibility chart, check this Technet … Read More

Windows 10 ADK Version History

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM16 Comments

Every time I’m starting a new Windows 10 deployment project, I need to know which Windows 10 ADK is installed on a server to use with MDT or SCCM. The Windows 10 ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) has the tools you need to customize Windows images for large-scale deployment, and to test the quality and performance of the system, the added components, and the applications running on the system. At the time of this writing Windows 10 ADK Version History was not easy to find. How to find your Windows 10 ADK Version In Program and Features, all Windows 10 ADK are referred as Windows Assessment and Deployment Kits – Windows 10. The only element that defers is the build version at the right. Each time, I end up googling the version number but the information was not easily findable. Those days are over since I will be documenting Windows 10 ADK Version … Read More

Deploy Windows 2016 using SCCM Task Sequence

Benoit LecoursOSD, SCCM3 Comments

In this post, we will deploy the newly released Windows 2016 with SCCM 1606. We will describe how to create a SCCM Windows 2016 deployment task sequence and deploy it to your servers. If you’re new to operating system deployment, read the preparation of your environment post before reading this one. This task sequence will help you deploy a “vanilla” Windows 2016 using the default Install.wim from the Windows 2016 media. This means that you’ll end up with a basic Windows 2016 with the SCCM client and nothing else. You will be able to edit this task sequence later to customize it to your environment. [su_box title=”Important” style=”glass” box_color=”#000000″ title_color=”#F0F0F0″]For this post, we used SCCM 1606 with ADK 1607 on an HyperV platform[/su_box] Prepare your Operating Systems We will now import the Windows 2016 WIM file before deployment. [su_box title=”Important” style=”glass” box_color=”#000000″ title_color=”#F0F0F0″]You’ll see both Operating System Images and Operating System Upgrade Packages. One is to import .WIM files and the … Read More

Managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1022 Comments

Since Windows 10 is out, there’s been a ton of information coming out from the SCCM product group. Many people gets confused at what’s needed for managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012. The goal of this post is to centralize all those information so you can reach out when your organisation will be ready for managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012. [Updated 12/21/2015] – For complete Windows 10 support, upgrade to SCCM 1511 or perform a complete SCCM 1511 installation Requirement for Managing Windows 10 with SCCM 2012 Before you can manage and deploy Windows 10 in your organisation, you need to update your SCCM infrastructure. Your site servers needs to be updated to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 or SCCM 2012 SP2. Refer to our installation guide if it’s not the case. You need to apply R2 SP1 Cumulative Update 1. Refer to our installation guide if it’s not the case. You need to update your boot images to Win PE version 10. Refer to the Deployment section of … Read More

Requirements and Recommendations before installing SCCM 2012 R2

Benoit LecoursSCCM33 Comments

In the first part of SCCM 2012 and SCCM 1511 blog series, we will cover SCCM installation prerequisites most specifically hardware requirements, design recommendations and server prerequisites. Hardware Requirements The hardware requirements for a Primary Site server largely depends on the features that are enabled, and how each of the components is utilized. When the number of clients grows and changes, the server hardware requirements change accordingly. For the initial deployment, hardware requirements can be estimated for each server by determining: The overall need for each component (Will you do Operating System Deployment ? How many daily software deployments ? Is Inventory and reporting is important for your organisation ? Will you manage Internet Client ?) The number of clients planned to be installed The load on each of installed SCCM components In general, medium environments (couple thousand clients) should consider the following recommendations when planning hardware: SCCM and SQL Server communicate constantly. We … Read More