SCCM 1606 : How does Automatic Client Update or Upgrade works ?

I was reading few SCCM blogs and forums and I realize , people don’t understand why “Automatic Client Upgrade” feature won’t work as expected?

One of the most common misconceptions is that the checkbox will “Upgrade” your clients with the latest “Update”.This is not so, as there is a difference between “Upgrade” and “Update”.
SCCM 2012 to SCCM 2012 R2 is an Upgrade, and 2012 R2 to 1511 is an Upgrade. However, SCCM 1602 , SCCM 1606 are both considered – you guessed it – an Update.

How does Client Upgrade feature work?

This is how you enable Automatic Client Upgrade

1. Select your Site and select Hierarchy Settings in the top ribbon.site.png

2. Go to the Client Upgrade tab

3. Check Upgrade all client automatically and press OK in the window.clientupgrade-1.png

To check the count of machines updated to latest version of SCCM Client , we can run the SQL query to get the result as below.

SQL Query :

select sys.Client_Version0, “SCCM Family”=
case sys.Client_Version0 , “SCCM Client Version”
when ‘5.00.7958.1000’ then ‘SCCM 2012 R2 R2 (5.00.7958.1000)’
when ‘5.00.8325.1000’ then ‘SCCM 1511 (5.00.8325.1000)’
when ‘5.00.8412.1000’ then ‘SCCM 1606 (5.00.8412.1000)’
else ‘Others(non-Clients)’
End,count(*) [Total]
from v_R_System sys
where sys.Name0 not like ‘unknown’ and
sys.Client_Version0 not like ” and sys.Client_Version0 not like ‘0.0%’
group by sys.Client_Version0
order by 3 desc

SCCM ClientVersion SCCM Family Total
5.00.8412.1007 SCCM 1606(5.00.8412.1007) 3
5.00.8325.1000 SCCM 1511 (5.00.8325.1000) 4
5.00.7958.1000 SCCM 2012 R2 R2 (5.00.7958.1000) 2
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