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Windows 10 Upgrades (1511) via Intune

The Windows 10 1511 Upgrade is not available via Intune. We use Intune as our Update Management platform (small business).

I thought that the Windows update functionality in Intune should be like a WSUS in the Cloud. With peer-Distribution in Windows 10 and in Intune before it should be possible to not overload our Internet line.

If this should not work by design then please Microsoft state clearly which of your products is designed for which Scenario.

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    David shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We added the ability to manage software updates (feature and quality) a while ago for Windows 10 managed as MDM devices using Windows Update for Business. And you can do peer downloading.

    But I’m not sure if this meets the scenario you are trying to fulfill, and I want to ask before just calling this closed.

    Please take a look at and tell me if you’d consider this complete or if there’s something we’re still missing.


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      • Edmund Ainsworth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This does not meet our needs @Cathy, as we use the Intune client via the Intune Silverlight portal not MDM via the Azure portal

      • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        thank you for your late response. When I originally created the request, MDM for Windows 10 wasn't nearly as developed as it is now. But in the last two years I already got the answer to the question via Microsofts way of not communicating clearly for which use cases the product really there.

        "Microsoft recommends that customers use the MDM management solution whenever possible."

        The agent based way is the legacy way and will not be actively developed while MDM is the way to go. As soon as Windows 7 will be out of its support lifecycle (01/2020) it will be possibly disregarded completely. (just my assumption of the way Intune was developed in the last two years).

        In my opinion this topic can be closed because I think the function will never be implemented as I thought it would be. And two years later I myself have no interest in using a product in a company which is clearly not intended to be used the way I want it to.

        Best regards,


      • Praneeth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


        The functionality you mentioned is for MDM not for a Intune agent based. Is there any option for agent based?

      • Antons Bukels commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Are there any updates on this issue? How do other manage feature upgrade? Have people moved back to WSUS instead?

        How long Microsoft should we be more waiting?


      • Jelle Van Der Pal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't belong here and never added any feedback regarding this problem. The last stable Windows rolled out for the Dutch Government was in 2014, Windows 7 Pro.
        With WDS and huge amounts of logistic planning involving the purchase of 25.000 laptops and working at a central point of distribution to load the images onto them.
        Don't expect that to happen any time soon again.

        P.S: I hate laptops now.

      • ShaneDT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is unbelievable. We are now up to 1709 and still Intune cannot deploy feature pack upgrades! I have computers stuck on 1511 that cannot be updated unless I manually go to each computer or I completely remove Intune! WHAT A JOKE! I've attempted to manually upgrade one notebook this weekend by clicking the 'Check online' option and it's been going all weekend and it's still downloading! For me this is the final straw for Intune. I'll be removing this from all remaining clients starting this week. NOT GOOD ENOUGH MICROSOFT!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is done under Windows 10 Update Rings. You can control the version CBB / CB, control driver updates, and control HTTP blended peering behind a NAT firewall.

      • Doug Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently, Windows 10 can be upgraded via the process in this article:

        However this does not allow for scheduling of the upgrades for the OS via the Intune Silverlight Portal for Windows 10 devices enrolled with the Intune Client Software.

        Please while I understand the Silverlight Portal is being phased out in change for the Azure Intune Portal, consider adding this feature set to the Silverlight support.

      • Doug Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We would like to see the ability on Microsoft Intune to deploy OS upgrades to Windows 10 MDM enroll devices.
        Example: Upgrade windows 1511 to 1703

      • Maxime Rastello (MVP) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently, when the Intune client is installed on a Windows 10 PCs, it is impossible to configure Feature Upgrade ring and deferral using GPO. The deferral GPO will break the communication between the Intune client and the service.

        Currently, there is no supported configuration to allow PC management with Intune client, AND the ability to defer Feature Upgrades.

        We desperately need support for:
        - A deferral parameter in the Intune agent policy
        - Or better, to approve / block / distribute feature upgrades using the Intune admin console and the Intune client

        I know that MDM mode is the recommended way to do it, but keep in mind that a LOT of clients are using the Intune agent, espacially for:

        - Update approbation / block
        - Defender scan dashboard
        - EXE-based app deployment

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there an easy way to transition away from the Intune Desktop Client (which doesn't allow for feature updates) to the new Azure MDM solution (which does allow for feature updates)?

      • Jack Lewis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Intune can now be used to manage the feature update rollout to Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 devices, that are MDM managed, by using the Windows 10 Update Rings feature from the Intune module in the new Azure Portal.

      • Andrew Yen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Isn't that now implemented with that Azure thing? Now I think I can setup distribution rings or something?

      • Tijs Bouwmans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        An appropriate short term solution could be to disable automatic update trough intune by devices that are managed trough Intune, thus individually updating trough Windows Update online.

      • Espen Jaegtvik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How is this not fixed yet? Windows 10 branches are losing security-support in a few months. This is getting critical

      • Fábio Bretes Vitor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hey guys, Any news about this? Is quite strange that all Windows 10 enrolled machines (even deployed using Windows 1511) aren't able to be upgraded just using Microsoft Intune. I already tested the scenario availble in the new Azure Portal, but seems not working. Even from 1511 to 1607 (CBB), or from 1607 to 1703 (CB).

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