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Patch Management / Patch Tuesday / Windows 10

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Will be Retired in Windows 10 1903

Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Will be Retired in Windows 10 1903
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In the next feature update for Windows 10 (1903), the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) option will no longer be available in the Settings panel of Windows Update. And, not just that, this option is no longer a piece of the Windows Update for Business system.

According to John Wilcox with Microsoft:

Beginning with Windows 10, version 1903 (the next feature update for Windows 10), the Windows 10 release information page will no longer list SAC-T information for version 1903 and future feature updates. Instead, you will find a single entry for each new SAC release. In addition, if you are using Windows Update for Business, you will see new UI and behavior to reflect that there is only one release date for each SAC release. If you use System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), or other management tools, there will now only be one feature update published to WSUS, and this will occur at the time of release.

This change will force some customers to alter their internal Windows update testing and deployment rings. For those that do need to alter their procedures, John gives this guidance:

  • Windows Update for Business customers who have configured a deferral based on the SAC-T branch-readiness level (remember, this really is the actual release date), devices will be offered the update once the configured number of deferral days have passed. Thus, no change from previous releases.
  • For devices that have been configured with a branch readiness of SAC, for the upgrade to version 1903 only, we will add an additional 60 days to the configured deferral. This will simulate the delay previously experienced when Microsoft declared the SAC milestone. For example, if your device is currently configured to defer updates 30 days from the SAC release date, for the upgrade to version 1903 (and this time only), we would append a 60-day delay to that configured 30-day deferral–meaning that the device would be upgraded 90 days (60+30) after version 1903 is released. (Note that the additional 60 days will be handled on our service side, and will not be reflected in your device configuration.)
  • For subsequent feature updates after version 1903, your Windows Update for Business configuration deferral value will be whatever it was before version 1903; we are not modifying that value.

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