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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: 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...