Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

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This post will cover all the steps needed for bare metal deployment (Windows 10 20H2) using the configuration manager. The bare metal scenario occurs when you have a blank machine you need to deploy or an existing machine you want to wipe and redeploy without needing to preserve any existing data.

Microsoft released Windows 10, version 20H2 feature update aka Windows 10 October 2020 Update.

Note – With this release and future releases, the Windows 10 release nomenclature is changing from a year and month pattern (YYMM) to a year and half-year pattern (YYH1, YYH2). For example – “Windows 10 version 20H2” (instead of “Windows 10 version 2010”).

Introduction

The setup starts from a boot media, using a CD, USB, ISO, or Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE). You can also generate full offline media. The target can be a physical computer, a virtual machine.

The deployment process for the new machine scenario is as follows –

  • Start the setup from boot media (CD, USB, ISO, or PXE).
  • Wipe the hard disk clean and create new volume.
  • Install the operating system image.
  • Apply device drivers by detecting device manufacturers.
  • Install applications.
  • Apply Customization, Additional settings if needed.
  • After taking these steps, the computer is ready for use.

Prerequisites

  • Ensure you are running with latest supported version of Configuration Manager.
  • Boot images are updated or regenerated.
  • Make sure that you added network and storage drivers to the boot image.
  • Configured the boot image to deploy from a PXE-enabled distribution point.

Learn about the supported lists the versions of Windows 10 for Configuration Manager, Check Microsoft Blog.

There is no new ADK for Windows 10, version 20H2. The ADK for Windows 10, version 2004 will also work with Windows 10, version 20H2.

Download Windows 10 20H2 ISO

You can download Windows 10 20H2 version ISO from MSDN or VLSC (Volume Licensing Service Center).

Find Windows 10 (business editions), version 20H2. Click on Download. – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Note – Before you import the Windows 10 Operating System into SCCM, mount and extract or copy Windows 10 ISO contents to a folder. Create a folder, Mount the ISO using File Explorer or any other available options.

Double-click an ISO file to mount it or Right click an ISO file in file explorer. Click the Mount option.

Select ISO File, Click Mount – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

You will notice that Windows 10 ISO will create a disc drive that you can use to access contents. Select the all contents and copy to a folder.

Import Windows 10 Operating System Image

Open Configuration Manager Console, Go to Software Library > Operating Systems > Operating System Images.

Right click on Operating Systems Images and click on Add Operating System Image.

Add Operating System Image – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

In Data Source, click Browse and specify the network shared path to the install.wim from Windows 10 Source directory where you extracted source of an ISO file.

Select the option to Extract a specific image index from the specified WIM file. Then select the Image index from the drop down list. Click Next.

You can now specify to automatically import a single Image index rather than all image indexes in the file, using this option results in a smaller image file.

Specify the path to the operating system image file, Select Image index. – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On the General page, assign the NameVersion, and Comment. click Next.

Add general information for the operating system – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

Review the provided information, click Next to complete the wizard.

Review Summary – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

Wait for a moment, while exporting is in progress.

Export of a single image is in progress – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

After successfully completion, click Close to exit the wizard.

The Add Operating System Image Wizard completed successfully – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

The Operating System Image is successfully imported to Configuration Manager.

Operating System Image – Windows 10 Enterprise 20H2 Added – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Distribute Operating System Image

Right click Operating System Image and click Distribute Content.

Operating System Image – Distribute Content – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

Review the selected content for distribution. Click Next.

Review selected content – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Add the Distribution Point to distribute the content.

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Add Distribution Point – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Review the selected distribution points, groups. Click Next.

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Added the Distribution Point – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On Summary page, Review the settings. Click Next.

Confirm the settings – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

Click Close to complete the Distribute Content wizard

The Distribute Content Wizard completed successfully

You can monitor the content status, if its showing yellow color that means distribution is in progress. If the content distribution was successful, it will be appear with Green color as shown.

Content Status – Success 

Create Task Sequence to deploy an OS

This section will walk you through the process of creating a Configuration Manager task sequence to deploy operating system image.

In the Configuration Manager console, Go to the Software Library workspace, expand Operating Systems, right click Task Sequences and select Create Task Sequence.

Create Configuration Manager Task Sequence

Select Install an existing image package, and then select Next.

Create a new task sequence – Select Install an existing image package

On the Task Sequence Information page, specify the following settings:

Task sequence name: Specify a name that identifies the task sequence.
Description: Optionally specify a description

On the Boot Image, Click Browse and select the available boot image package. Check in the Run as high performance power plan. Click Next.

Specify Task Sequence Name, Description, Boot image – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Note – Running a task sequence with the High Performance power plan to improve the speed of the task sequence execution. At the end of the task sequence, it resets the power plan to the stored value (Balanced Power Plan).

On the Install Windows page, specify the following settings:

Image package: Click on Browse to select the image. Select Partition and format the target computer installing the operating system.

Product key: you can specify the Windows product key for the OS to install.

Specify how to handle the administrator account for the new OS. Click Next.

Specify the Operating system image and installation information – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On the Configure Network page, specify the following settings. Click Next.

Join a workgroup: Add the destination computer to a workgroup.
Join a domain: Add the destination computer to a domain. In Domain, click Browse to specify the name of the domain. You can also specify an organizational unit (OU) in the Domain OU field. This setting is optional.
Account: The user name and password for the account that has permissions to join the specified domain.

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Configure the network – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On the Install Configuration Manager page, specify the Configuration Manager client package is selected automatically. Click Next.

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Specify the Configuration Manager client package

On the State Migration page, leaving it default as these steps are condition based in task sequence that not going to run automatically. Click Next.

Configure state migration – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On the Include Updates page, you can specify whether to install required software updates, all software updates. I’m not installing any software updates. Click Next.

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Include Software Updates – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

On the Install Applications page, specify the applications to install or later you can add in task sequence steps. Click Next.

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Add Applications – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Review the settings, Click Next.

Confirm the specified settings

Click Close to Complete the wizard.

The Create Task Sequence Wizard completed successfully. – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

The Task Sequence is created successfully.

Windows 10 20H2 Deployment Task Sequence

Customize Task Sequence

Use the following procedure to modify an existing task sequence

Under Software Library > Operating Systems > Task Sequences. Right click on task sequence and select Edit.

Select Edit in Task Sequence – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Edit the Task Sequence to add or remove settings – The Task Sequence uses these phases to determine which tasks must be completed.

Task Sequence Default Steps – SCCM ConfigMgr

You might need to add support files, software updates, tools, and applications to the task sequence based on requirements.

Review drivers and applications that will installed with task sequence. Before you deploy the task sequence, make sure the drivers are compatible. To Import Drivers, Create Driver packages and Process to Integrate Driver package into Task Sequence.

Customize Task Sequence – Click Add. – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM Task Sequence | ConfigMgr

Review others settings added in Task Sequence, make sure to apply all changes. Click Apply and OK, close the window.

Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Task Sequence

Select the task sequence, Right click and select Deploy.

Select Deploy – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On the General , click Browse to select your device collection where you wish to perform the deployment.

Deploy to All Unknown Computers – Computers that are not managed by Configuration Manager or a computer that is not imported into Configuration Manager.

Click Browse button to select the Collection

On the Deployment Settings , select the Purpose of the deployment.

Available – Available deployments require that the user is present at the destination computer. A user must press the F12 key to continue the PXE boot process. If a user isn’t present to press F12, the computer boots into the current OS, or from the next available boot device.

Required – Required deployments use PXE without any user intervention.

To use a PXE-initiated OS deployment, For the Make available to the following setting, select one of the following options –

  • Configuration Manager clients, media, and PXE
  • Only media and PXE
  • Only media and PXE (hidden)

Note – Use the Only media and PXE (hidden) setting for automated task sequence deployments. To have the computer automatically boot to the deployment without user interaction, select Allow unattended operating system deployment and set the SMSTSPreferredAdvertID variable as part of the media.

Select Purpose – Available , Make available settings – Only media and PXE.

On the Scheduling tab, you can specify the schedule for this deployment. Click Next.

 Specify the deadline – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On User Experience tab, leave the default selected options. Click Next.

User experience for the deployment – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On Alerts page, leave it default. Click Next.

Specify Configuration Manager and Operations Manager alert options – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

On Distribution Points page, you can specify how clients interact with the DPs to retrieve content from reference packages. Click Next.

Configure Deployment options – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

Review the selected settings and click Next.

Review the settings for Deployment – Deploy Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM | ConfigMgr | MEMCM

The Deployment targeted successfully to collection. Close the wizard.

Task Sequence deployment completed successfully. To exit the wizard, click Close.

Results – Windows 10 Deployment

On Target Computer, depends on deployment settings. Press F12 key to continue the PXE boot process. Windows PE starts, and then the Task Sequence Wizard starts. You will be presented with the Welcome to the Task Sequence Wizard. If media is password protected, provide password. Click Next.

Media is password protected, provide password. Click Next.

Complete the Task Sequence Wizard by selecting deployed task sequence (Windows 10 20H2) and Click Next.

Select a task sequence to run

Once you complete the Wizard, the deployment of the new operating system begins. When the deployment process is complete, you will be prompt screen to Sign in to device.

Sign in to device with your domain or local credentials. Check Windows 10, version 20H2 installed successfully.

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Troubleshooting – Windows 10 20H2 Using SCCM

The first step to troubleshoot SCCM OSD Task Sequence issues to is check out the SMSTS.log. Learn how to read SMSTS.log effectively for troubleshoot SCCM OSD Task Sequence.

The SMSTS.log updating the location depending on the phases of deployment process.

Phase Log Location [Client Side]
WinPE
(Before HDD are formatted and partitioned)
x:\windows\temp\smstslog\smsts.log
WinPE
(After HDD are formatted)
x:\smstslog\smsts.log copied to c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
Installed Operating System
(Before SCCM client installed)
c:\_SMSTaskSequence\Logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
Installed Operating System
(After the SCCM client is installed)
c:\windows\ccm\logs\Smstslog\smsts.log
Installed Operating System
(When the Task Sequence is completed)
c:\windows\ccm\logs\smsts.log
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