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Intune Patching Part II: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

In Part I of this pathetic little series I tried to cover enough of the technical details so that if you don’t currently patch your devices with Intune you could get a feel for it without actually having to do it. In Part II I want to get into the meat of the thing: can […]

Intune Patching Part 1: Human Translation

I helped implement Intune at work (Recast Software) which was a great opportunity to dig into the patching side of things. In this first part I’m going to try and cover the technical details and make sense of some of the docs. In the second part I’ll talk more about what I like, what I […]

PSA: New Update Product Categories for 1903 Release

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 […]

Making Sense of Win 10’s Quality Update Cadence

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 […]

Servicing Stack Updates: What Is This Madness?

5/14/2019 Update: They did it AGAIN! In May 2019 the Cumulative Updates for Win 10 1607 (LTSC), Win 10 1803, Server 2016, and Server 2019 all require the Servicing Stack Updates released in the same month. 1/9/19 Update: The most recently released SSU (KB4486458) was given a distinctive title (2019-01 Servicing Stack Update for Windows […]

Latest Software Maintenance Script: Making WSUS Suck Slightly Less

12/20/18 Update: Removed a check for WSUS cmdlets that prevented the script from working on 2008 R2 and the ReSyncUpdates from the WSUS standalone config file. 12/10/18 Update: Fixed a configuration file parsing problem and added licensing information for GPLv3. Note: When updating you will need to update any existing plugins as well. Despite a […]

Software Update Dashboard: Now with 100% More Dashboard

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.

Software Update Maintenance Script Updated: All the WSUSness

Things got real last week and ‘all of a sudden’ organization realized that what the product MVPs have been saying for years is true and simply not optional: you must be running a software update maintenance script. I’ve updated mine to be more useful. Because I’m like that I guess.

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.

Yet Another Software Update Dashboard

When looking to prove that Configuration Manager was actually patching devices I quickly found the built-in reports lacking. I looked at existing solutions but I wanted something just stupidly simple that I could send to management and be informative at that level. At the same time I wanted to be able to drill-down so that administrators could identify and resolve any issues. Here’s what I came up with … let me know what you think in the comments section.

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