SCCM: Preparing for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

You’ll find there’s a little bit of pre-preparation work that needs to be done to get SCCM Current Branch ready for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. I spent the weekend doing this myself on my SCCM 1602 lab and thought somebody might find it helpful to have it documented here.

To be clear, this isn’t a how-to post but more of an informational one. What follows is a set of tasks that need to be carried out on SCCM 1602 along with links to downloads and further information for each task.

1) First things first, upgrade SCCM CB to 1606. (Upgrading from 1511 to 1606 pretty much works exactly the same as upgrading from 1602 as described by Prajwal Desai in his blog).

2) After upgrading you need to install hotfix KB3184153 from the Updates and Servicing node to fix an issue with compliance policy rules in version 1606. If you switched to the fast ring to upgrade to 1606 you’ll also have KB3180992 to install.

3) Install KB3159706 on your SCCM 1606 SUP Servers to “enable the provisioning of decryption keys in WSUS for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. This update is necessary for WSUS to be able to natively decrypt the encrypted Windows 10 Anniversary Update packages, and any subsequent Windows 10 feature upgrades”. Don’t forget to carry out the manual steps described on the support page.

4) Install Windows ADK for 1607 (optional, not a hard requirement). If you do update don’t forget to also update your boot image.

5) Install MDT 2013 Update 2 if you haven’t already (again, this is not a hard requirement).

6) Install the Group Policy Administrative Templates for Windows 10 1607. I personally find the group policy settings spreadsheet very helpful which you can also obtain from Microsoft.

7) Once you’ve installed the administrative templates you might want to configure the Windows Update “download mode” setting to prevent Windows 10 clients from grabbing updates from peers on your network.

Windows 10 1607 won’t be available via SCCM 1606 until 16th August but if you have access to the ISO from VL then you can start testing it out right away. Bear in mind that you’ll need Cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1607 released on August 9, 2016 for your reference image.

Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed. Happy Anniversary!

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2 thoughts on “SCCM: Preparing for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

  1. Adk1607 is NOT a hard requirement for this. In fact it is strongly advised not to install it yet in production environments

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