On a recent ConfigMgr 2012 engagement, I was migrating a customer from using standalone WSUS to CM12 Software Updates. They requested to have the ability at ‘bypassing’ the steps required for downloading and distributing patches to the Distribution Points (but still desired to approve the patches before deployment). To be clear, this ONLY for adding patches into a package automatically. Other than for AV updates, it is never recommended to automatically approve and distribution patches.
Using CM12′s Automatic Deploy Rules (ADR), I was able to set up a process which would auto detect and distribute required patches to DPs within their organization so that they could rapidly deploy updates.