Configure SCCM Automatic Client Upgrade

In this post I will show you how to configure SCCM automatic client upgrade. With this feature you can ensure all your ConfigMgr clients are updated to latest version.

There are several ways to upgrade your Configuration Manager client agents. Each of these methods have some advantages and disadvantages. Among all, the easiest method is automatic client upgrade option under Hierarchy settings.

When you upgrade your Configuration Manager to latest version, it usually requires upgrading the client agents. Some new features require the client agents to be on the latest version while others don’t rely on agent versions.

Using the Automatic Client Upgrade method, automatically keep clients in your site at the latest version. In addition, it requires minimal administration. That’s because you enable it once under Hierarchy settings.

When you enable the client upgrade, you see a Scheduled Task with a random run interval. This will take care of upgrading all the client agents. However clients don’t update at the same time and this method could cause performance issues.

Note that this method can only be used to upgrade the client software and cannot be used to install a new client.

By default, the client agents upgrade within 7 days. You may change it according to your requirements.

Automatically Update SCCM Clients using Automatic Client Upgrade

Use the below steps to enable Automatic Client Upgrade in your SCCM hierarchy:

  • Launch the Configuration Manager console.
  • Go to Administration\Overview\Site Configuration\Sites.
  • Select your Site and click Hierarchy Settings in the top ribbon.
  • Under Hierarchy Settings properties window, click the Client Upgrade tab.
  • Check Upgrade all clients in the hierarchy using production client. Click OK.
Automatically Update SCCM clients using Automatic Client Upgrade
Automatically Update SCCM clients using Automatic Client Upgrade
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