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SCCM Software Updates for both x86 and x64 Architecture

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Hi, we're looking at deploying windows / office updates to our Windows 7 machines via SCCM 2007 R3. We have both x64 and x86 machines in our environment. Most of the x64 machines are remote users and x86 machines are LAN connected in Head Office.


Question is would you be better off patching these as seperate entities ie having deployment packages for x86 and x64 or have one set of packages that deploys to both machine types? We're trying to avoid making the packages we push out over VPN to the remote users larger than needed as they're cached locally from DP prior to installation.


Any advice would be most helpful....



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I always only use on package, the clients will only download and install the updates they need anyway and not the whole update package. it is also hard to slip the updates, for the OS it is easy but for Visual Studio Runtime for instance you need in many cases both the x86 and the x64 on X64 computers as they run x86 applications as well.



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