Clearly I've not done a great job at keeping my blog updates flowing, so to make up for that I'd like to introduce you to my co-worker Jeremy Young and his blog (http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jeremyyoung/).  He has been working with SMS and SCCM for at least a decade now and he spends tons of time getting deep with Configuation Manager and building automation around it.

His most recent post on how we use the SCCM task sequence to allow for complex patching workflows (i.e. clusters, NLB, application pre and post tests, and putitng software distribution inline to patching) is a topic that we have been very exceited about as of late and hopefully you'll find it useful too.

Cheers!