This, the foul year of our lord 2020, has really really gone south on us all real quick. We went from masters of our own domain to empty nesters in record time. As our users flee for home we’ve all had to come to grips on that new reality. There’s been a lot of great […]
While ‘Patching is Rebooting’ there are legitimate scenarios where you need to be certain that updates are never automatically applied and the device rebooted. In this post we’ll talk about the most straightforward and reliable ways to do just that.
One of the first arguments I ever had about ConfigMgr was around distribution points. The initial design drawn up included several secondary site servers all sitting right alongside our primary site server in our campus datacenter. The reason? As documented, each site can only support up to 250 ‘regular’ distribution points and we had nearly […]
Update: After doing a full-court press on this we were able to get Microsoft to address this officially. My thanks to Mary Jo Foley and Donna Ryan for help make that happen. Updating Windows 10, version 1903 using Configuration Manager or WSUS Apparently Microsoft isn’t ready to talk about this yet so I guess I […]
A couple of weeks ago I went through the history of how the cadence of Windows 10 Feature Updates has changed since Microsoft cooked up their initial cockamamie scheme. You can find that here: You’re getting SAAAAAAAC’d Last week people started asking me about various Windows 10 updates that weren’t showing up in their WSUS […]
I’m going to shake it up here and do something totally crazy. I’m going to talk about operating systems for a moment. OSD is absolutely something in my wheel-house and I certainly have my own ways of doing things. However, I don’t really talk that much about it because there’s just so many freaking people […]
As a rule, you shouldn’t need to do this but there is currently a specific use case where you will. The impact of getting it wrong is not pretty so learn from my mistakes. Then vote on UserVoice to make the whole thing just go away.
The first release of my update reports was a total lie. There was absolutely no dashboard in what I called ‘Yet Another Software Update Dashboard’. I’ve fixed that.
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.
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?