Monthly antimalware platform updates for Windows Defender

Beginning with December 2017, Microsoft is releasing antimalware platform updates for Windows Defender each month. The platform updates will be published as follows: category: Definition Updates, product: Windows Defender. If you use a Configuration Manager automatic deployment rule (ADR) to approve and deploy definition updates for Windows Defender, that same ADR will now pick up… Read more

ConfigMgr Current Branch – Express Updates Video Tutorial

Previous posts in this series have referenced the update approach to delivering Windows updates that was introduced first with Windows 10. One side effect of the cumulative update approach is that the single update released is larger than the individual updates of days past. Further, at each release of an update, size increases as additional… Read more

ConfigMgr Current Branch – Windows Update for Business Video Tutorial

Ensuring software updates are applied across an organization is a key focus area for system administrators. Configuration Manager has been used by thousands of organizations for years to aid in this pursuit.  Other organizations have opted to use standalone WSUS for their software updates needs while still others may rely solely on the built-in engine to… Read more

Update 1801 for Configuration Manger Technical Preview is released

We are happy to let you know that update 1801 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. For information about this month’s new preview… Read more

Update Rollup for Configuration Manager Current Branch 1710 is now available

An update rollup for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1710, is now available. This update is available for installation in the Updates and Servicing node of the Configuration Manager console. Please note that if the Service Connection Point is in offline mode, you must re-import the update so that it is listed in… Read more

ConfigMgr Current Branch – Software Update Delivery Video Tutorial

The release of Windows 10 brought with it a change in the way updates are released – updates are now cumulative.  Since the release of Windows 10 this same cumulative update approach has been adopted for the remainder of supported operating systems.  While this approach has significant advantages there still remains some confusion about what… Read more

Software Update Video Tutorial Series

I’m pleased to announce that over the next few days, Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies will be sharing a video tutorial series here about software updates.  His topics will be: ConfigMgr Current Branch – Software Update Delivery ConfigMgr Current Branch – Windows Update for Business ConfigMgr Current Branch –… Read more

Additional guidance to mitigate speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities

We are aware of a new publicly disclosed class of vulnerabilities that are referred to as speculative execution side-channel attacks as detailed in Microsoft Security advisory ADV180002. These vulnerabilities affect many modern processors and operating systems, including chipsets from Intel, AMD, and ARM. This post is intended to centralize and share current guidance to help… Read more

Update 1710 for Configuration Manger Technical Preview released

We are happy to let you know that update 1710 for the Technical Preview Branch of System Center Configuration Manager has been released. Technical Preview Branch releases give you an opportunity to try out new Configuration Manager features in a test environment before they are made generally available. For information about this month’s new preview… Read more

Using ConfigMgr With Windows 10 WUfB Deferral Policies

Important: Configuration Manager current branch version 1706 is needed for any ConfigMgr environment using WUfB deferral policies. ConfigMgr client version 1702 will periodically delete all WUfB deferral policies, if configured. This could lead to unintended results.  As you are probably aware, Windows 10 version 1607 introduced new Dual Scan behavior for enterprises that wanted Windows… Read more