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Category: Software Updates

We Need To Talk About Your ADRs (ConfigMan’s Flair)

Configuration Manager’s Automatic Deployment Rules are the ‘killer app’ that makes the product one of the most powerful tools for software updates. However, with that power and flexibility comes complexity that can be daunting for the uninitiated. In this post I try to brain-dump the lessons I had to learn when coming up to speed in the hope that it might help others.

How to Install Software Updates During Task Sequences

Installing updates during operating system deployment should be easy. I mean there’s a step called Install Software Updates for crying out loud. How hard could it be?

Software Update Maintenance: It’s a Thing. That You Should Do.

Historically it’s been considered taboo to touch WSUS when part of a Configuration Manager environment. Those times have now past and if you’re not actively maintaining WSUS on a regular basis it’s more than likely failing causing scan failures.

Patch Tuesday Is A Lie

For well over a decade there’s been a social contract of sorts with Microsoft. Security patches are released on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 AM Pacific Time. They release and we start our patching processes. Well … what if they didn’t?

Fully Automate Software Update Maintenance in Configuration Manager

While some maintenance tasks have been long understood others have gained importance and understanding more recently. Either way, all of them should be fully automated as part of your patching process. I’ve created and released a script that does exactly that for every software update maintenance task that I can think of and does it in an extensible way that any organization should be able to utlize.

Server Group Patching: Troubleshooting

I tried … and failed … to implement Server Group Patching to automate patching our Exchange clusters. That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn a few useful things about how the feature works and how to troubleshoot it.

Server Group Patching: Node Scripts

One of the exciting parts of the pre-release Server Group Patching feature is the ability to run scripts before and after the patching process. This is key to automating workload migrations in clusters like Exchange or SQL. While it sounds promising, reality is a little underwhelming.

Server Group Patching: Busted (A.K.A. We are the QA Team)

Hoping to use the Server Group Patching pre-release feature to patch a group of servers in order? It appears to be broken. We are the real QA team.

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