Windows 10 Quality Feature Update Policies for Intune Step by Step Guide. Microsoft released Windows 10 1709 fall creators update. And the devices which are part of the current branch (Semi-Annual Targeted) should get the Windows 10 1709 update in Settings – update and security – Windows Update. Intune Windows 10 Quality Update Policies.
Microsoft Intune manages this Windows 10 device. In this post, we will see “Windows 10 1709 Fall Creators Update Upgrade with Intune Update Rings.”
There are many methods to upgrade the existing Windows 10 version to the latest version, 1709. You can upgrade to windows 10 with an ISO file available in Visual Studio Subscriptions (previously known as MSDN) or VLSC (Volume Licensing Service Center).
If Microsoft Intune manages your devices, there would be a software update policy ring to manage Windows 10 feature updates.
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Navigate via Microsoft Azure – Microsoft Intune – Software Updates to get to “Windows 10 Update Rings.” This is where you can create Windows 10 Semi-Annual Targeted and Semi-Annual update rings.
These two update rings in Intune would be able to control the Windows 10 upgrade behavior for your organization. Intune Windows 10 Quality Update Policies.
Windows 10 Semi-Annual Targeted Update Ring – All the devices in the Current Branch.
Windows 10 Semi-Annual Update Ring – All the devices in the Current Branch for Business
Create Windows 10 Update Rings in Intune?
How to create Windows 10 update rings within Intune console? These Intune policy details are explained in one of my previous posts, “How to Setup Windows 10 Software Update Policy Rings in Intune Azure Portal.”
Navigate via Intune console to get to Windows 10 Update Rings – Create Update Ring – Settings. We need to select the “Servicing Branch” options according to your requirements. Feature update deferral period (days) is another set we want to set up as part of Create Update Ring policy.
For example:- If we set Service Branch = CB and Feature update deferral period (days) = 0 days, then the device will get the Windows 10 1709 updates on the 0 days of the release.
As I mentioned in the above paragraph, there are two types of Servicing Branches for Windows 10. Those servicing branches are Semi-Annual Targeted and Semi-Annual.
Select CB servicing branch (Semi-Annual Targeted) to set the devices for the first wave of deployment of Windows 10 features upgrades. The latest Windows 10 1709 Fall creators update is released only for the Semi-Annual Targeted branch.
How Do Windows 10 Update Rings Work?
Windows 10 update rings work flawlessly under the hood. I have not uploaded Windows 10 1709 ISO or files to Intune to deliver the updates to the devices. Intune helps to set up 2 MDM policies in Windows 10 1607 or later devices.
So, Devices are getting the Windows 10 feature updates binaries from any other Microsoft cloud service? Windows 10 devices are getting these feature update content/binaries from Windows Update for Business (WUfB).
Another important feature of Windows 10 is Delivery Optimization. Delivery optimization helps to find the binaries from the peer devices. These peer devices could be either from the same network or the internet.
Windows 10 Update Ring MDM policies?
The following are the two MDM policies that Intune set on Windows 10 devices. Intune Windows 10 Quality Update Policies.
CB/CBB Options :- MDM for version 1607 and above: MDM for version 1607 and above: ../Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Update/BranchReadinessLevel \Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Update\BranchReadinessLevel
Deferral Period Days:- MDM for version 1607 and above: ../Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Update/DeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays \Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Update\DeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays
Windows 10 Upgrade End User Experience
Windows 10 1709 fall creator update is delivered through Windows Update for Business in the following video. The next video will give you an end-to-end experience for Windows 10 1709 fall creators update upgrade process via Software Update for Business (WUfB).
As you can see in the video, the Windows 10 device is in CB (Semi-Annual Target) channel, and differed period policy is set to zero days. Intune Windows 10 Quality Update Policies.
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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc……………