The following step-by-step upgrade shows you the process to upgrade a single site primary server from ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 to 1511.

Note that you can upgrade from the following releases of ConfigMgr:

  • SCCM 2012 SP1
  • SCCM 2012 SP2
  • SCCM 2012 R2
  • SCCM 2012 R2 SP1

Disable SQL replication

If you are running replica MPs, then you will need to disable SQL replication.

Load up SQL Management Studio.

Drill down to Replication, right click and choose ‘Disable Publishing and Distribution’

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Click Next

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Select ‘Yes, disable publishing on this server’ and click Next.

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Confirm the dropping of replication by clicking Next.

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Ensure ‘Disable publishing and distribution’ is checked and click Next.

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Click Finish to disable the replication.

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Click Close to complete the process.

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Remember to re-enable replication once the upgrade to 1511 is complete.

Remove Windows ADK install

My ConfigMgr site server is currently running Windows 8.1 ADK. Uninstall this release from the Control Panel

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Click Yes to uninstall

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Click Close when complete

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Install the Windows 10 ADK

Download the Windows 10 RTM ADK release 10.0.26624.0 from here

Run the adksetup.exe file.

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Click to install the ADK files into the default path. Click Next.

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Decide whether to add Windows Kits to the system. Click Next.

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Accept the ADK licence agreement.

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Select only Deployment Tools, Windows PE and USMT components for installation. Click Install.

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Click Close when complete

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Install KB3095113

Any Windows 2012 SUPs require KB3095113 installing. Download the hotfix from here and install

Upgrading to ConfigMgr 1511

Prior to upgrading to 1511, ensure that you have a good SQL backup.

To upgrade to 1511 run splash.hta from the installation media.

Click Install.

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Click Next

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Upgrade the Configuration Manager site will be selected already. Click Next.

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Accept the licence agreement and click Next.

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Accept all the pre-requisite licence agreements and click Next

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Download the prerequisite files into the appropriate download folder and click Next.

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Select the console/reports language and click Next

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Select the client language and click Next.

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Click Next at the Usage Data screen.

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At the summary screen click Next.

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Address any pre-requisites that need attention.

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Note that Warnings can be ignored at set-up time and address later. Click Begin.

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The upgrade process will begin

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Once the upgrade is complete click Close

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Upgrade to MDT 2013 Update 1

If you haven’t upgraded to this release, to take advantage of Windows 10 support, then now is the time.

Download MDT 2013 Update 1 – build 8298 from here

Run the MDT MSI file.

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Click Next.

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Accept the licence agreement and click Next.

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Click Next.

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Decide whether to join the improvement programme and click Next.

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Click Install to begin the upgrade to MDT 2013 Update 1

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Click Finish to complete the installation

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At this stage the site server will be upgraded to ConfigMgr 1511 and you will be fully supported for Windows 10

Auto Upgrade Clients

To get the clients up-to-date with the latest ConfigMgr client you can switch on the auto upgrade feature.

To do this go to Administration / Site Configuration / Sites. Click the Hierarchy Setting button. Click the Client Upgrade tab and turn on ‘Upgrade all clients’ checkbox.

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Click Ok to confirm. Apply the change.

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