As Windows 11 is now being discovered in much greater numbers we wanted to remind customers of best practices due to the impact this patch may have:
What can you expect?
- The patch name will contain “Upgrade to Windows 11” within the title
- Note: Patch Auto Approval rules contain Keyword Functionality allowing you to specifically target this patch for auto-approval, auto decline, etc
- There are 6 potential installer versions, all of which are roughly 3.6gb in size.
- The Patch will use the “Upgrades” Classification
- Note: If you auto approve the upgrades class and do not use any functionality to prevent it like keywords then it WILL auto approve and install. With a patch upgrade of this magnitude, we would recommend you take caution here.
- Not all of your devices will show this patch as needed at the same time. Microsoft has advised “We expect all eligible devices to be offered the free upgrade to Windows 11 by mid-2022.” so it could be many months before some machines get offered the upgrade.
- Not all devices will be compatible with the upgrade due to specific device requirements set by Microsoft.
- Note: A compatibility checker is available from our success centre, a big thank you to Kelvin at Cyberdrain for sharing this with our community: https://success.n-able.com/kb/nable_n-central/Windows-11-Compatibility-Checker-NC
The following video will show how to create a decline rule: https://www.n-able.com/blog/windows-11-how-to-configure-an-auto-patch-decline-in-n-central
Initial Post: https://status.n-able.com/2021/11/25/windows-11-upgrade-via-patch-management-n-central/