How to exclude clients from upgrade in Configuration Manager

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

You can exclude a collection of clients from automatically installing updated client versions. Use this exclusion for a collection of computers that need greater care when upgrading the client. A client that's in an excluded collection ignores requests to install updated client software.

This exclusion applies to the following methods:

  • Automatic upgrade
  • Software update-based upgrade
  • Logon scripts
  • Group policy


Although the user interface states that clients won't upgrade via any method, there are two methods you can use to override these settings. Use client push or manual client installation to override this configuration. For more information, see How to upgrade an excluded client.

Configure exclusion

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to the Administration workspace. Expand Site Configuration, select the Sites node, and then select Hierarchy Settings in the ribbon.

  2. Switch to the Client Upgrade tab.

  3. Select the option to Exclude specified clients from upgrade. Then select the Exclusion collection you want to exclude. You can only select a single collection for exclusion.

  4. Select OK to close and save the configuration.

Hierarchy settings window, client upgrade tab, highlighting exclusion settings.

After clients in the excluded collection update policy, they don't automatically install client updates. For more information, see How to upgrade clients for Windows computers.


Excluded clients still download and run Ccmsetup, but don't upgrade.

When you remove a client from the exclude collection, it doesn't automatically upgrade until the next auto-upgrade cycle.

How to upgrade an excluded client

If a device is a member of a collection that you excluded from upgrade, you can still upgrade the client using one of the following methods:

  • Client push installation: Ccmsetup allows client push installation because it's your direct intent. This method lets you upgrade a client without removing it from the collection, or removing the entire collection from exclusion.

  • Manual client installation: Manually upgrade an excluded client by using the following Ccmsetup command-line parameter: /IgnoreSkipUpgrade

    If you attempt to manually upgrade a client that's a member of the excluded collection, and don't use this parameter, the client doesn't upgrade. For more information, see How to install Configuration Manager clients manually.

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