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Microsoft Tries Again to Include Third-party Updates Catalogs in Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1806

Microsoft Tries Again to Include Third-party Updates Catalogs in Configuration Manager Technical Preview 1806

Customers who utilize System Center Configuration Manager for endpoint management and patching have longed for the ability to also retrieve and deploy non-Microsoft updates to the company’s assets. And, Microsoft has continually attempted to provide this for its customers. However, there has always existed a disconnect between Microsoft and its hardware and software partners. Except for Adobe, Microsoft has had little success in convincing its partners to make their updates available in a common format that will work for customers and deliver through its management software. So, customers have continually had to keep tabs on hardware and software vendors’ web sites for updates.

On Monday, Microsoft released its latest update to System Center Configuration Manager, and this update renews focus on this feature.

In response to your UserVoice feedback, this release adds support for third-party software update catalogs. The new third-party software updates node allows you to easily subscribe to partner software update catalogs in the Configuration Manager console and publish the updates to the Software Update Point.  You can then deploy these updates to your clients using the familiar software update management process in Configuration Manager. Even better, Configuration Manager will keep things up to date by periodically synchronizing new released updates for your subscribed catalogs. 

If it works this time, it would be a great value to customers.

There’s a bundle of other new features in this release, too.  Check them all out: ConfigMgr TP 1806


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