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  • Blog Post: Update Lists

    One of the most useful new objects in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is the Update List. An update list is, well, a list of software updates - that is, it is a fixed list of updates that can be created through a wizard (which also allows downloading of updates). Security rights can be assigned...
  • Blog Post: Software Updates Management Whitepaper Published for Transition from SMS 2003 to System Center Configuration Manager 2007

    I am pleased to announce that we have just published a whitepaper that provides guidance for customers transitioning from SMS 2003 Patch Management to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Software Updates Management. You can download the paper from here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/8...
  • Blog Post: When Do Downloads Happen on Clients?

    It's been a while since I added a post.  Let's start up again with a quick one. I was recently asked when do SCCM clients download updates and when would they show the notification balloon in the system tray - here is the answer: 1.  SCCM clients download updates according to a deployment-specific...
  • Blog Post: Things to Know About the Software Update Point (explaining WSUS Integration)

    I thought I could put some thoughts down about the Software Update Point (SUP), which is a new site role within SCCM 2007. The job of the SUP is provide software update metadata to clients that are using the Windows Update Agent (WUA) to scan for missing updates. The underlying component of the SUP is...
  • Blog Post: Maintenance Windows

    Let's talk about maintenance windows in SCCM, a new feature for software distribution and software updates. Maintenance windows usually make sense in a server-based scenario where servers have defined service windows where they can be taken down for changes, including software updates. You can define...
  • Blog Post: What are the Top Reasons for Non-compliance?

    This is a very fundamental question for Admins trying to raise the level of software update compliance at their company. Traditionally using SMS 2003, the normal practice was to look at a sample of client logs and use that as a basis for guessing what the top problems were for non-compliance. In SCCM...