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using SCCM 2012 beta 2 in a LAB - Part 11. Deploying Software Updates

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In Part 1. of this series we Installed SCCM 2012, in Part 2 we started to configure it. In Part 3, we configured Beta 2 some more by enabling Active Directory discovery methods, adding some site system roles, configuring the computer client agent and client push settings and finally doing a manual client installation to verify it all worked, in Part 4 we looked at installing an application using Application Management and the Software Catalog and the Software Center features of SCCM 2012, and in Part 5, we added the FSP, SLP, SMP, SUP.

 

In Part 6 we got our SCCM 2012 server ready for Deploying Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 so that we could start deploying some Windows 7 clients to enhance our LAB, then in Part 7 we created a Build and Capture Task Sequence and deployed it to our Build and Capture collection.

 

In Part 8 we created our Network Access Account and captured our Windows 7 SP1 image (and Windows 7 RTM). We deployed that captured image to a new Virtual Machine in Part 9 by importing our captured images, creating a new Deploy Task Sequence and then Deployed Windows 7. In Part 10 we Synchronized Software Updates and verified that they were synchronising using logs.

 

 

The software update deployment phase is the process of deploying the software updates. Typically the software updates are added to a software update group and then the software update group is deployed. When the deployment is created, the software updates policy is sent to client devices, and then the software update content files are downloaded to and installed on the client. Clients send state messages back to the site server that report whether the software update installation was successful. There are two main scenarios for deploying software updates in your environment – manual deployment and automatic deployment. Typically, you will manually deploy software updates to create a baseline for your device clients, and then you will manage software updates on devices using automatic deployment.

 

 

Technet Recommended Reading:

 

Operations and Maintenance for Software Updates in Configuration Manager - http://technet.micro....aspx#SUMDeploy

 

 

 

Step 1 . Specify Search Criteria for Software Updates

 

In the console, click Software Library, expand it and select All Software Updates then click on Add Criteria in the top right of the search field.

 

add criteria.png

 

In the scrollable Add Criteria menu, select the following options

  • Bulletin ID
  • Expired
  • Superseded
  • Product

then define the criteria using the drop down menus beside each option so that they look like so

 

 

 

 

 

defined criteria.png

 

click on Search to search for updates that match your specified criteria, It will filter down your results like so (previously there were over 25000 items now we are down to 145 items)

 

145 items.png

 

let's save our Search criteria and call it Windows 7 Updates search criteria, you can return to this search later by clicking on saved searches and selecting your search from the list.

 

save search criteria.png

 

 

Step 2. Create a Software Update Group that Contains the Software Updates

 

Note: Normally you'd want to look through all these updates and filter out (delete) the ones that are not applicable to you, such as Beta or Service Packs, Delete these from your list before continuing.

 

Now that we've trimmed down out updates we'll select the remaining updates by selecting all the updates found in our search criteria above by clicking on one update and then pressing CTRL + A, it should say 145 items selected in the bottom left corner

 

145 items selected.png

 

In the ribbon, click on Home and then in the Update group click on Create Software Update Group, call it Windows 7 Updates and click on Create

 

create software update group.png

 

Now you can click on Software Update Groups in the console and you'll see your newly created Software Update Group, right click on it and choose Show Members to see the updates in this group.

 

show members.png

 

Our updates contained in the Software Update Group are listed

 

software update group listed.png

 

 

Step 3. Deploy the Software Update Group

 

We could clear.gifdownload the Content for the Software Update Group to verify that it's available before distributing it to our Distribution Points, but we'll skip that step and go ahead and deploy our Updates.

Before Doing so let's create a new Collection, so click on Assets and Complicance in the console,click on Device Collections and in the ribbon click on Create Device Collection.

 

create device collection.png

 

Call the collection All Windows 7 computers and limit it to All Systems

 

all windows 7.png

 

click next, choose Query Rule from the drop down menu and fill in a Query like so (edit query statement, criteria, show query language and replace the code with the below)

 

select *  from  SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.OperatingSystemNameandVersion like "%Workstation 6.1%"

 

collection query.png

 

click next, next, close. You can click on that collection now and look at it's members.

 

win 7 computers.png

 

In the console select Software Library and then Software Update Groups. We've already created our Software Update Group above so let's deploy it, select the Software Update Group and in the Ribbon click on Deploy.

 

deploy software updates.png

 

give the Deployment a name and suitable description, click on Browse beside collection and choose our newly created Windows 7 Computers collection

 

deployment name.png

 

We want the updates to be mandatory so select Required

 

required.png

 

click next through the wizard until you get to Deployment Package, create a new deployment package,

 

Note: Make sure that \\vnext\sources\updates\windows7 (or whatever path you choose) exists otherwise the wizard will fail below when it tries to Download as the Network Path won't exist

 

vnexts sources.png

 

select our distribution points (vnext)

 

distribution points.png

 

select The Internet as our download location

 

the internet.png

 

click next until you get to the Summary, and on the summary screen if you want to save this template (and you do for later use) click on Save Template, call it Windows 7 updates Template

 

save as template.png

 

click save, next and now the downloading starts...(time for coffee anyone ?)

 

TIP: To review the progress of this task, while you are waiting for the wizard to complete you can browse the UNC on your server of your Deployment Package to see that it's actually filling up with updates, you should see something like this

 

check the updates.png

 

And that's it !, after you complete the wizard the software updates in the software update group are deployed to clients in the target collection.

 

windows 7 updates done.png

 

In the next part we'll verify that the clients are indeed getting the updates.

 

cheers

niall

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NOOblar: Goto All Software Updates and either add a different criteria or manually select the individual updates/patches and right click , select edit membership. You will see all your update groups. Select the one you want to add.

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