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Deploying Superseded Down Level Windows Updates with Microsoft Configuration Manager 2007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resulted in an impact to customers deploying the Security Only Quality updates, using tools that cannot easily deploy superseded updates such as System Center Configuration Manager 2007.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

KB: Image deployment hangs during Build and Capture task sequences when installing Office updates

When using Microsoft Configuration Manager for Build and Capture task sequences, or for operating system deployment of Windows 10 version 1511, the process may hang during installation of Office software updates during the Install Software Updates step. In some cases, this step can hang for more than 24 hours. This can occur when using a… Read more

New KB: Configuration Manager Service Connection Point doesn’t download updates

We just released a new KB article that discusses an issue where a Service Connection Point that’s running on Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager current branch doesn’t download updates. If you’re experiencing this problem you’ll also notice entries that resemble the following logged in DMPDownloader.log: Download manifest.cab SMS_DMP_DOWNLOADER 8/2/2016 2:20:24 PM 7568 (0x1D90)WARNING: Failed to… Read more

Recreating the SUSDB and WSUS Content folder for a Windows Server 2012 based WSUS computer

Author: Meghan Stewart | Support Escalation Engineer Occasionally you may find that you want to start over in WSUS with a fresh database (SUSDB). There can be any number of reasons for this, but typically I see people doing this if their SUSDB is rather old, has a ton of unneeded updates in it, and… Read more

How to implement a shared SUSDB for Configuration Manager Software Update Points

If you have read the Best Practices for Software Updates in Configuration Manager, you may have noticed that we recommend sharing the SUSDB for Software Update Points (SUPs) off the same Configuration Manager site server. A shared SUSDB setup is becoming increasingly common place, however it can be a bit confusing navigating exactly how to… Read more

Support Tip: Avoiding sync problems when WSUS computers share SUSDB

Hi everyone, my name is Bindusar Kushwaha and I’m a Support Escalation Engineer on the Configuration Manager team. I ran into an interesting case the other day so I thought I’d take a minute to share it with you in case you happen to see it in your environment. The Problem Let’s say you’re running… Read more

Software Updates in Configuration Manager Current Branch Deep Dive – Client Operations

~ Ibrahim Aladwan Hello everyone, my name is Ibrahim Aladwan and I’m a support engineer on the Configuration Manager team. Today I’d like to take a minute and go through the update process in System Center Configuration Manager current branch (ConfigMgr 1511, ConfigMgr 1602, etc.) and demonstrate how things work from the client side of… Read more

KB: Product updates are not downloaded in System Center Configuration Manager current branch

When a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 1511 or ConfigMgr 1602) site is installed to a directory that has a path that is longer than 68 characters, software that’s available from the Updates and Servicing node in the administrator console may not be downloaded. This problem affects software such as individual hotfixes and new… Read more