Announcing two System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs

For the past several months I’ve been working on two System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Configuration Packs.  Configuration Packs are definitions for the new Desired Configuration Management (DCM) component in ConfigMgr 2007.  DCM allows you to assess the compliance of computers against a defined configuration.  A configuration pack consists of one or many configuration items…

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How to setup SCUP and ConfigMgr 2007 to deploy custom updates

I’ve met with a few customers over the past month that had similar questions regarding deploying custom updates.  I wanted to write a quick high level summary on how to this in a small environment. First step is to setup System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) to publish updates to your Windows Server Updates Service (WSUS)…

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What are those “Per User” MSI warning messages about?

If you ever created an update that uses MSI rules you are bound to see a warning message letting you know that the scan agent cannot detect an MSI if it was installed per-user and that you should use different rules to help detect if the update is applicable or installed.   There is another similar…

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What’s the difference between Prerequisite, Applicability and Installed Rules?

In both System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) and Custom Updates Publishing Tool (CUPT) there are three different types (or sections) of detection rules in the Create/Modify Update Wizard.  These rules types are prerequisite, applicability and installed rules.  The definitions are as follows: Prerequisite Rule: High level detection rules for checking operating system version, processor architecture,…

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What is Catalog Updates and why should I use it…

Catalog Updates is a feature in Custom Updates Publishing Tool (CUPT) and System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) that allows you to maintain a list of catalogs.  This list of catalog gains you two things, first the ability to detect when a catalog is updated by the vendor and secondly the ability to bulk import all…

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What is the difference between the different export options?

In Custom Updates Publishing Tool (CUPT) there were two export options, now with System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) you have three.   Today I’m here to tell you what the difference is between all of them. Export Option 1 First is the option “Export selected updates to a cabinet file that can be imported by other…

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Announcing System Center Updates Publisher 3.0

I am proud and excited to announce the release of System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP).   This is the updated and rebranded Custom Updates Publishing Tool (CUPT) from Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 R2.  To read more about SMS 2003 R2 please read here or here. This version of the tool works with the System Center Essentials…

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Welcome to my blog…

Hello, my name is Jason Lewis, and I am a Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) on the System Center Configuration Management (aka Systems Management Server) eXtreme Team here at Microsoft.   I’ve been with the team for 2 ½ years.  I’ve worked on products such as System Management Server 2003 SP2 and R2 including the Custom…

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