Each new Windows releases brings its daily tweet-storm. Yesterday, we saw multiple tweets about the new Windows 1803 (April Update) release and what’s coming with it (ADK, Baseline, ADMX…). All this new information may be difficult to assimilate and follow. This post will describe all the information you need to know if you’re planning to deploy Windows 1803 in your organization as an SCCM administrator. We will update this post as new information is released.
Windows 10 1803 New Features
First, we like to check What’s new in Windows 1803. This article aims IT professionals so you can see if this Windows version has some interesting features for your organization.
You can also see this Microsoft article to see what’s been removed from Windows 1803.
A new version of the Windows ADK is available. This ADK is backward compatible. Which means that you can deploy older versions of Windows with it but it’s recommended to match your Windows version with your ADK version. Follow our upgrade post if you already installed an older ADK version on your SCCM server.
SCCM OS Deployment Support
SCCM Client on Windows 1803
The SCCM client on Windows 1803 is supported on SCCM 1802 only.
The Windows 1803 ISO
should be available in about a week is now available in the Volume Licensing Service Center. If you can’t wait to use it and have an MSDN subscription, you can download it from MSDN. If you don’t have an MSDN Subscription, you can download it using the Media Creator Tool. Note that the Media Creator Tool won’t allows downloading the Enterprise version.
If you’re managing more than one language, download the Windows 1803 Language pack while you’re in the download portal. As stated in this blog post, look for Released Mar ’18 language packs which are Windows 10 v1803.
We already created multiple posts on how to manage a new Windows 10 version using SCCM.
Overview of the task should include:
- Windows ADK Upgrade
- Import new Windows 1803 ISO
- Import Language Pack
- Create Servicing plans and/or Upgrade Task Sequences
For now, there’s no ADMX available for Windows 10 1803. This should be available at the same time the ISO gets released on VLSC.
The Windows 1803 ADMX template is now available and can be downloaded from Microsoft.
Remote Server Administration Tool (RSAT)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
MDT8450 is supporting Windows 1803. If you need the latest MDT version, no need to update.
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