Installing Microsoft feature upgrades

The SolarWinds Engine Patch Manager enables you to approve, download and install Microsoft Windows feature upgrades to Windows devices. Feature upgrades are available for approval on devices that have discovered the update through the Windows Update Agent.

There may sometimes be delays between approval and installation of an update due to phased roll-outs of the updates by Microsoft.

When a Feature Upgrade becomes available, we will test the update to ensure our installation parameters are correct. This means that while feature upgrades are available immediately for approval for Windows devices, they will fail to install until we add the updated installation parameters. Once we determine the update is ready for deployment, it is updated to the SIS server for the probe to download for installation on devices.

Supported versions

Supported Microsoft upgrades include:

  • 1703 (Creators Update)
  • 1709 (Fall Creators Update)
  • 1803 (April 2018 Update)

For more information on Windows 10 Feature Upgrades, including end-of-service, see the Windows life-cycle fact sheet.

Feature Upgrade Reboots during Installation

In policies with Reboot if required enabled, Windows Feature Upgrades may restart the computer multiple times as part of the upgrade process.

To minimize end-user disruption, we recommend scheduling Patch Installation Schedule outside of office hours during evenings and weekends.

We also suggest notifying end-users in advance of any upcoming Patch maintenance Windows to ensure they are not using their devices. Particularly when these deployments include Feature Upgrades.

Regardless of the Device's Patch Policy, Windows Feature Upgrade installations may reboot the computer multiple times as part of the upgrade process.

To avoid unexpected restarts when deploying Windows 10 Feature Upgrades where the policy's "Reboot if required" setting is off, SolarWinds Patch Management Engine 1.1.10 introduced automatic reboot suppression. This prevents the computer from rebooting during Feature Upgrade deployment and completes the Windows 10 Feature Upgrade installation process after the next scheduled or manual reboot.