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Managing Software Updates in ConfigMgr 2012

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrSCCM

Jason Githens has a really great post on how to best manage Software Updates in Configuration Manager 2012. 

Read the full post here.

Summary Points
  • Create update group deployments of all previously released updates that you require, but don’t exceed the new update limit of 1000 updates in any of those groups.
  • Use migration from Configuration Manager 2007 to move your existing update lists and deployments over as groups, or create these update groups new in Configuration Manager 2012. Migrations of update deployments with more than 1000 updates will be blocked.
  • Create an overall compliance group (update group not deployed) of all updates you require and want to measure overall compliance against.
  • Moving forward from your Day 0 implementation of Configuration Manager, use Auto Deployment Rules to create new update groups and deployments for each month of updates (Patch Tuesday groups).
  • Note: If you’re using SUM and ADRs to deliver definition updates, then you want to set the rule to use the existing update group each time the rule runs. You don’t want a new update group for definitions created every day, and the natural expiration cycle of every 5th update (always 1 active and 3 superseded) keeps the update group membership at a maximum of 4 definition updates (1 active and 3 superseded).
  • Add the updates each month to the overall compliance group (or a compliance group for that year of updates), but do not re-create, move, or combine those existing monthly deployments.

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I am a Microsoft MVP for System Center Configuration Manager and owner of Nackers Consulting Services, LLC. I focus primarily on System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. In addition to helping clients leverage the technologies they use, I enjoy spending a lot of time on the forums and email lists helping answer questions and just seeing what people are doing with the deployment technologies available to them. I have spoken at Microsoft Management Summit on ConfigMgr/MDT integration and I have spoken at user groups around the country. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I am always willing to help.

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