You can keep your operating system images updated with the latest software updates from Microsoft using the offline servicing feature of Configuration Manager. Here are a few facts you may not know:
Offline servicing stages temporary data on the site server when the process runs, and uses the drive on which Configuration Manager is installed. One common request is to configure offline servicing to use the specified drive of the site server. Let’s say you want to specify the “F:” drive for offline servicing to stage and mount the OS image and store software updates files. Here’s how to do this using the Windows Management Instrumentation Tester utility (wbemtest.exe).
SELECT * FROM SMS_SCI_Component WHERE SiteCode='CCP' AND ItemName LIKE 'SMS_OFFLINE_SERVICING_MANAGER%'
Now the next time offline servicing runs it will stage all of its files in the folder F:\ConfigMgr_OfflineImageServicing.
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Extremely useful, thank you for posting.
Is this in any way related to the failures many have seen in offline servicing since upgrading to 2012 SP1? Could a drive space issue be the reason updates are failing? There is discussion of this issue here:
IMPORTANT!!! AFTER CHANGING THE DRIVE, YOU MUST MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN THE CORRECT ORDER!•Click “Save Object”.•Click “Close”.•Click “Save Property”.•Click “Save Object”.•Click “Close”.If you do not, the array list of four items, because only one item......Can anyone advise how I can repair this mistake??Fingers crossed I have not damaged my SCCM install.......
I was able to connect to the site namespace, but the query results are blank. Any suggestions?
is offline servicing intelligent enough to install updates that are not needed, like a service pack that's already part of the image?