Microsoft have recently released the much anticipated upgrade to their System Centre Configuration Manager to version SCCM 1610. SCCM 1610 includes new features and enhancements in Office 365 management. Windows 10, application management, client management, end user experience and new functionality for customers using Intune with SCCM.
A quick overview of these enhancements are;
and if you use SCCM with Microsoft’s Intune you get the following new features;
Now to upgrade your SCCM to version 1610, follow the following steps;
Open your SCCM console, and go to Administration, expand Cloud Services, then Updates and Servicing.
As in the picture above, you can see that the update to SCCM 1610 has not downloaded as yet. You can choose to right click and check for updates, but as Microsoft are slowly rolling out this update over the next few weeks it may not download. If you cannot wait for it to download itself, you can force the update to do so by running the following Powershell script located here https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-1610-Enable-046cc0e9
If you have waited quite sometime and SCCM 1610 hasn’t downloaded, then you need to download the EnableFastRing.Exe to do this for you. Once downloaded. launch the file and extract the powershell script and follow these steps.
Now that Fastring has been enabled, go back to your SCCM console and right click the Updates and Servicing node and click check for updates.
Give SCCM sometime to start the download of SCCM 1610. Refresh the console to see the status and then proceed to install when downloaded.
Now hopefully your SCCM 1610 update has downloaded and is now available in your console.
Select the Configuration Manager 1610 update, right click and choose Run prerequisite check.
SCCM will now check your environment is ready for the upgrade to SCCM 1610.
Let SCCM complete the check, refresh the console to see when it has completed.
Now that the prerequisites have been checked and passed, you can now start to install the upgrade to SCCM 1610. Right click the update and choose Install Update Pack.
The General Tab starts off the installation of the SCCM 1610 update. Click Next when you are ready to install.
On the Features tab, you can select which options you wish to install. Click Next when ready to proceed.
Next is the Client update options Tab, you can choose on this tab to upgrade without validating or validate the upgrade in a pre-production collection. As this is one of our lab environments, I have chosen to upgrade without validating. If this is your production environment, it always pays to be mindful of any upgrades, SCCM included so it may be worth you choosing the other option and validating the upgrade against a test collection.
Choose the option you wish and click Next.
Accept the license terms and privacy statement and click Next.
On the Summary Tab, confirm the options you have chosen are correct and then click on Next to continue.
The update to SCCM 1610 will now install.
Hopefully all went with your installation of SCCM 1610 and you should see a screen similar to the one below. Click now on Close and SCCM will continue updating in the background.
To view the installation logs, go to your C Drive of your SCCM server and locate the ConfigMgrSetup.log. If you have Trace32 installed, double click the log file to see the installation status.
Refreshing the console shows that the SCCM 1610 update is installing. Depending on your infrastructure, this could take some time.
You can additionally monitor the status of the installation of SCCM 1610 in your console. Go to the Monitoring tab, then Updates and Servicing Status where you can see the updates you have applied. Highlight the Configuration Manager 1610 update and right click and chose show status.
Also, the cmupdate.log contains more details of the installation progress.
You should see after quite sometime that your SCCM version is now showing as version SCCM 1610
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