New release for System Center Updates Publisher

Hello everyone, we are happy to let you know that an updated version of System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) that supports Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 is now available.  Read the details on the Enterprise Mobility + Security blog here: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/03/21/system-center-updates-publisher-adds-support-for-new-oses/  … 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

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

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

Hotfix: Client update for System Center Configuration Manager current branch, version 1702

We have released a client update that fixes the following two issues: Software update download failures from Microsoft Update Content distribution failure if the SMS Agent Host service or the client computer is restarted during download. For more details about the issues and symptoms, and installation instructions please see: 4035759 – Client update for System… Read more

Reminder: Latest Improvements to the Simplified Servicing for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (all supported versions) As previously announced, the Windows team has made some modifications to the servicing model for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 to further simplify update deployment. Beginning with March 2017, the Security Only Quality Update… Read more

Troubleshooting Configuration Manager and WSUS software update synchronization issues

If you’re having synchronization problems with either WSUS or System Center Configuration Manager, here’s a friendly reminder that we have a great troubleshooter that will walk you through diagnosing and fixing some of the more common issues that may be encountered when sync fails. If you ever have these kinds of issues, there’s a good… Read more

Deploying Superseded Down Level Windows Updates with Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007

UPDATE 12/5/2016: In November 2016, the Security Monthly Quality Rollups were released as superseding the Security Only Quality updates. This resulted in an impact to customers deploying the Security Only Quality updates, using tools that cannot easily deploy superseded updates such as System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Based on customer feedback, this supersedence has been… Read more