This blog post will cover all the tasks needed to upgrade Windows 11 22H2 using SCCM. We will cover scenarios for new and existing computers that you may want to upgrade.

Microsoft published the Windows 11 22H2 feature update on VLSC on September 2022.

Windows 11, version 22H2 is a scoped release focused on quality improvements to the overall Windows experience in existing feature areas such as quality, productivity, and security. Home and Pro editions of the 2022 Update will receive 24 months of servicing, and Enterprise and Education editions will have 30 months of service.

You may also need to deploy Windows 11 22H2 to your existing Windows 11 computer to stay supported or to benefit from the new features. There are a couple of important changes in this release.

Before deploying a new Windows 11 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 a normal monthly software update.

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

Table of Content

Prerequisite SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Upgrade

SCCM Version

You need at least SCCM 2207 in order to support Windows 11 22H2. See the following support matrix if you’re running an outdated SCCM version and make sure to update your site.

Windows ADK

The following table lists the versions of the Windows ADK that you can use with different versions of Configuration Manager.

Before capturing and deploying a Windows 11 22H2 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.

Download Windows 11 22H2 ISO

In order to deploy Windows 11 22H2 using SCCM to a new device, we need to download the .ISO file. To get the ISO file, you can either download it from MSDN or VLSC.

  • In the portal, find Windows 11 (business editions), Version 22H2
  • Select the architecture and language, Click on Download
  • Save the ISO file on your SCCM file repository

Mount and Extract Windows 11 22H2 ISO

Before you can import the Operating System into SCCM, mount and extract the Windows 10 ISO to a folder on your SCCM File repository.

We like to save all the SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Upgrade content in one folder for the full operating system (Ex: Win11-22H2-FullMedia) and extract the Install.wim file from the \Sources folder to another directory. (Ex:Win11-22H2-Wim). You’ll understand why later in this guide.

Upgrade Strategy – Task Sequence, Servicing Plan, Feature Update, Enablement Package?

In order to upgrade an existing Windows 11 to Windows 22H2, you have 4 choices: You can use an upgrade Task Sequence, Servicing Plans, Feature Update, or deploy using an Enablement Package.

For brand-new computers with Windows 11 deployment, Task Sequences are the only option.

Task Sequences are customizable: You can run pre-upgrade and post-upgrade tasks which could be mandatory if you have any sort of customization to your Windows 11 deployments. For example, Windows 10 resets pretty much anything related to regional settings, the 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 1903, expect some post-configuration tasks… and the only way to do that is using a task sequence.

Servicing Plan has simplicity, you set your option and forget, as Automatic Deployment Rules does for Software Updates. We have yet to have any client that doesn’t want any control over Windows 10 upgrades in their organization. We totally understand the point of the 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. You can’t use servicing plans to upgrade Windows 7/8 to Windows 10. For migration, you must use an upgrade task sequence.

Feature Updates are deployed, managed, and monitored as you would deploy a Software Update. You download and deploy it directly from the SCCM console. Features Updates are applicable and deployable only to existing Windows 11 systems.

Lastly, there’s a new option that you can use: Windows 11 Enablement Package. Some Windows 11 version shares the same core OS with an identical set of system files, but the new features are in an inactive and dormant state. By deploying the Enablement package you just enable the new feature. The advantage is that it reduces the updated downtime with a single restart. Use the enablement package only to jump to the next Windows 11 version (example: 1903 to 1909 OR 20H2 to 21H2). You cannot deploy an enablement package let’s say to jump 4 Windows versions (for example 1903 to 21H2).

We will cover all the options in this post.

Option #1 – Task Sequences

Import SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Operating System

Some screenshots were taken from the Windows 10 post but still applies to this post

We will now import the Windows 11 22H2 WIM file for Operating System Deployment. You should have downloaded the ISO file in the first step of this guide.

We will be importing the default Install.wim from the Windows 11 media for a “vanilla” Windows 11 deployment. You could also import a WIM file that you’ve created through a build-and-capture process.

This WIM file 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
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade
  • 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 11 Enterprise index
  • Select your Architecture and Language at the bottom and click Next
SCCM SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Windows 10 22H2
  • Select your Pre-cache option
SCCM Windows 10 21H2
  • In the General tab, enter the Name, Version and Comment, click Next
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • On the Summary tab, review your information and click Next
  • Complete the wizard and close this window
  • The import process will take about 5 minutes to complete

Distribute your SCCM Windows 11 22H2 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 11 media in Operating System Upgrade Packages. This package will be used to upgrade an existing Windows 11 or a Windows 7 (or 8.1) device to Windows 11 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
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade
  • 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 11 Enterprise index
  • Select your Architecture and Language at the bottom and click Next
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • Select your Pre-Cache options
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • In the General tab, enter the Name, Version, and Comment, click Next
SCCM Windows 10 21H2
  • 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
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade

Create an Upgrade SCCM Task Sequence for Windows 11 Computers

Let’s create an SCCM task sequence upgrade for a computer running a previous version of Windows 11.

This Task Sequence could be used to upgrade an existing Windows 11 computer.

  • 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
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • In the Task Sequence Information tab, enter a Task Sequence Name and Description
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • 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.
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • 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
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • On the Install Applications tab, select any application you want to add to your upgrade process
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • On the Summary tab, review your choices and click Next and click Close

Create a Task Sequence for new Windows 11 Computer

Let’s create an SCCM task sequence for new computers you just bought.

  • Still in Software Library \ Operating Systems \ Task Sequences
  • Right-click Task Sequences and select Install an existing image package
SCCM Windows 10 20H2
  • In the Task Sequence Information tab, enter a Task Sequence Name, Description and select your X64 Boot Image
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • On the Install Windows tab, select your image package by using the Browse button
  • Select the Image Index and enter a product key. If you have a valid KMS server, you can skip the product key
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • In the Configure Network tab, select the Domain and OU in which the computer account will be created. Also enter valid credentials to join the domain.
SCCM Windows 10 20H2
  • In the Install Configuration Manager tab, select your Client Package
SCCM Windows 10 20H2
  • On the State Migration tab, select if you want to capture user settings and files. For our example, we’ll turn it off
  • 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
SCCM Windows 10 20H2
  • On the Install Applications tab, select any application you want to add to your upgrade process
SCCM Windows 10 20H2
  • On the Summary tab, review your choices and click Next and click Close

Edit your Windows 11 22H2 Task Sequences

Now that we have created the upgrade and new computer task sequences, 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 or new computer task sequences and select Edit

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

 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • The Upgrade Operating System step contains the important step of applying Windows 11
  • Ensure to choose the right Edition
SCCM Windows 10 22H2

Deploy the SCCM Windows 11 22H2 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 11 computer that is running an older Windows 11 version.

  • Go to Software Library \ Operating Systems \ Task Sequences
  • Right-click Task Sequences and select Deploy
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • On the General pane, select your collection. This is the collection that will receive the Windows 11 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
  • In the User Experience pane, select the desired options
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade
  • 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
  • On the Distribution Point pane, select the desired Deployment options. We will leave the default options
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade
  • Review the selected options and complete the wizard

Launch the Upgrade Process on a Windows 11 computer

Everything is now ready to deploy to our Windows 11 computers. For our example, we will be upgrading a Windows 11 21H2 to Windows 11 22H2. This task sequence can also be used to upgrade existing Windows 7 or 8.1 computers to install Windows 11 22H2.

  • Log on your Windows 11 computer and launch a Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle from Control Panel / Configuration Manager Icon
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • Open the new Software Center from the Windows 11 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
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade
  • The update is starting, the task sequence Installation Progress screen shows the different steps
  • The WIM is downloaded 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 restarted and is loading the files in preparation for the Windows upgrade
SCCM Windows 10 1803 Upgrade
  • WinPE is loading
SCCM Task Sequence Upgrade
  • 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
SCCM Task Sequence Upgrade
  • Once completed the SetupComplete.cmd script runs. This step is important to set the task sequence service to the correct state
SCCM Task Sequence Upgrade
  • Windows is now ready, all software and settings are preserved. Validate that you are running Windows 11 21H2

Launch the Process on a new Windows 11 computer

To install the Windows 11 22H2 operating system, the process is fairly the same except to start the deployment.

For my test, I’m booting a new VM. PXE boot the VM and press Enter for network boot service.

  • On the SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Upgrade Welcome to task sequence wizard screen, enter the password and click Next
  • Select your Windows 11 22H2 Task Sequence and click Next
  • The process will start and if everything goes right, should be fully automated.

If you encounter any issues, please see our troubleshooting guide.

#2 – Deploy Windows 11 22H2 using Feature Update

Once Windows 11 is added to your Software Update Point, we will create a Software Update deployment that will be deployed to our Windows 11 deployment collection. This is really the most straightforward and fastest method to deploy.

Make sure to run a full synchronization to make sure that the new Windows 11 22H2 is available.

  • 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 11
    • Language : English
    • Title contains 22H2
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • Select only the desired one and select Deploy
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • Complete the Wizard and the deployment will be created to the desired collection
  • On a computer member of the collection, the update will be available in the software center. It will be available in the Updates section. Select the Windows 11 22H2 feature update and click Install. If you want an automated process, just make your deployment Required. The installation should take around 30 minutes.
  • You can also monitor the deployment in the Monitoring Section of the SCCM console

#3 – Deploy Windows 11 22H2 using Servicing Plans

As stated in the introduction of this post, you can use the Servicing Plan to automate the Windows 11 deployment. Servicing Plans acts like ADR does for Software Updates. Let’s try this:

  • Go to Software Library \ Windows Servicing \ Servicing Plans
  • Right-click Servicing Plans and click Create Servicing Plans
  • Enter a Name and Description
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • Select your target Collection
  • Select the desired Deployment Ring and how many days after a release to deploy your Windows 11 update package
  • In the Upgrade Tab, select the Windows 11 version you want to scope your service plan. Use the Preview button at the bottom to scope it to your need.
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • Select your deployment schedule. Remember that this rule will run automatically and schedule your deployment based on your settings.
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • Set your desired User Experience options
 SCCM Windows 11 22H2
  • Select to create a new deployment package. This is where the Update file will be downloaded before being copied to the Distribution Point
SCCM Windows 10 22H2
  • Distribute the update on the desired Distribution Point and complete the wizard
  • Your Servicing Plan is now created. You can always modify it if needed by right-clicking on it and select Properties

#4 – Deploy Windows 11 22H2 using Enablement Package

Windows 11 22H2 is not available for deployment using Enablement Package, If you’re not familiar with this, read our description in the introduction of this post.

However, the upcoming Windows 11, version 23H2 will be as it shares the same servicing branch and code base as Windows 11, version 22H2. What does it mean for you? If you’re running Windows 11, version 22H2, it will be a simple update to version 23H2 via a small enablement package.

It’s pretty much the same as deploying a Software Update. Let me show how you’ll see this for the next Windows 11 version. I’m using Windows 10 to show you.

  • Open the SCCM Console
  • Go to Software Library \ Windows 10 Servicing \ All Windows 10 Updates
  • In the Search bar, type Enablement
  • The Windows 11 23H2 Enablement Package will be listed
  • Right-Click and select Deploy
  • Complete the Wizard and the deployment will be created to the desired collection. Don’t forget that this update can only be sent to a specific Windows version.
  • You can also monitor the deployment in the Monitoring Section of the SCCM console

Monitor your deployments

All deployment SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Upgrade methods can be monitored in the SCCM Console in the Monitoring section. Just select your deployments and you’ll have your status.

However, Windows 11 Feature updates are built to fail if there’s anything on the computer that prevents a successful upgrade. This is called a Hard Block.

We have numerous resources on our site for advanced monitoring and we also have 106 pages that cover the whole topic. This guide can be found in our shop.

Import Windows 11 22H2 ADMX File

If you’re responsible for managing group policy in your organization. Ensure that you import the latest Windows 11 22H2 ADMX file on your domain controller.

Bonus Resources

After your SCCM Windows 11 22H2 Upgrade, need a report to track your Windows 11 devices? We developed a report to help you achieve that :

Asset – Windows 10 SCCM Report

Comments (1)

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01.05.2024 AT 02:02 AM
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