Software Updates Management Whitepaper Published for Transition from SMS 2003 to System Center Configuration Manager 2007

I am pleased to announce that we have just published a whitepaper that provides guidance for customers transitioning from SMS 2003 Patch Management to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Software Updates Management. You can download the paper from here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/8/6/d861e149-76f7-4348-89aa-7f3d9777f5ae/Configuration Manager Software Updates Management Guidance – Migration from ITMU.doc Here is a description: While the…

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Install Updates Prior to Deadline

In SCCM 2007, we added a neat feature similar to one provided by Automatic Updates that gives managed clients the ability to install updates prior to deadline.  End users can configure this by clicking the "Schedule Installation" as shown below or by going to directly to the Configuration Manager control panel applet under the "Updates"…

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What are the Top Reasons for Non-compliance?

This is a very fundamental question for Admins trying to raise the level of software update compliance at their company. Traditionally using SMS 2003, the normal practice was to look at a sample of client logs and use that as a basis for guessing what the top problems were for non-compliance. In SCCM 2007, we…

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When Do Downloads Happen on Clients?

It’s been a while since I added a post.  Let’s start up again with a quick one. I was recently asked when do SCCM clients download updates and when would they show the notification balloon in the system tray – here is the answer: 1.  SCCM clients download updates according to a deployment-specific setting in…

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