Deep Dive in Microsoft SCCM Software Updates Client and Server Components


Overview

This guide is also available on my personal blog: https://setupconfigmgr.com/deep-dive-in-microsoft-sccm-software-updates-client-and-server-components

In this video guide, we will be performing a deep dive in the software updates feature in Microsoft SCCM. This will include client and server-side components. Some topics covered are client policy, scanning, WMI, StateMessages, StateMgr, Summarization and more!

Video Guide

Topics in Video

Notes From Justin

  • Helpful Logs for Software Updates
    • PolicyAgent.log – Records requests for policies made by using the Data Transfer Service.
    • PolicyEvaluator.log – Records details about the evaluation of policies on client computers, including policies from software updates.
    • LocationServices.log – Records the client activity for locating management points, software update points, and distribution points.
    • UpdatesHandler.log – Records details about software update compliance scanning and about the download and installation of software updates on the client.
    • RebootCoordinator.log – Records details about the coordination of system restarts on client computers after software update installations.
    • WUAHandler.log – Records details about the Windows Update Agent on the client when it searches for software updates.
    • UpdatesStore.log – Records details about compliance status for the software updates that were assessed during the compliance scan cycle.
    • ScanAgent.log – Records details about scan requests for software updates, the WSUS location, and related actions.
    • StateMessage.log – Records details about software update state messages that are created and sent to the management point.
    • UpdatesDeployment.log – Records details about deployments on the client, including software update activation, evaluation, and enforcement. Verbose logging shows additional information about the interaction with the client user interface.
    • statesys.log – Records the processing of state system messages. This log also shows the software update summarization task that run.
  • Helpful WMI Namespace and Classes
    • ROOT\ccm\Policy\Machine\ActualConfig:CCM_UpdateCIAssignment – This shows that we have the policy for the SUG Deployment ID
    • ROOT\ccm\ScanAgent:CCM_SUPLocationList – Shows SUP SCCM is set to use for scanning
    • ROOT\ccm\SoftwareUpdates\DeploymentAgent:CCM_TargetedUpdateEx1 – Shows all software updates targetting the device and the relevant information about the updates
    • ROOT\ccm\SoftwareUpdates\DeploymentAgent:CCM_AssignmentCompliance – Shows the different software update group deployments targetting the device and their compliance
    • ROOT\ccm\StateMsg:CCM_StateMsg – Shows all the state messages logged in WMI
  • Windows Update Log File PowerShell CMDlet
    • get-windowsupdatelog

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