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Microsoft System Center Software Update Management Field Experience


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  • Published 2/26/2015
  • 1st Edition
  • 160 pages
  • Book 978-0-7356-9584-9

Focused technical guidance from System Center experts

Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center--this book walks through the tools and resources used to manage the complex task of tracking and applying software updates to client computers in the enterprise using Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, or later. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title focuses on maintaining operational efficiency, minimizing security issues, and maintaining the stability of the network infrastructure.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Chapter 1: Understanding software update architecture: server side     1

Fundamentals     1
Configuration items     1
Software update point     2
Multiple software update points     2
Software update point failover process     3
Internet-based software update point     4
Software updates on a secondary site     5
Using an existing WSUS server     5
Software update data     5
The synchronization process     8
Scheduled vs. manual synchronization     8
The software update point features     9
The metadata synchronization     10
Configuration Manager inter-site replication     11
Firewall considerations     12
The flow of binary data     12
Software Update policy deployment     14
The policy creation flow     14
Chapter 2: Understanding software update architecture: client side     17
Software update client architecture features     17
Windows Update Agent     18
Windows Update data store     21
Software update client architecture features     17
Windows Update Agent     18
Windows Update data store     21
Configuration Manager Software Updates Client Agent     21
Windows Management Instrumentation     26
Configuration Manager client cache     34
Software update scanning process     34
Software update installation process     35
Chapter 3: Managing software updates     37
The patch management process model     37
Phase 1: Assess     38
Phase 2: Identify     38
Phase 3: Evaluate and Plan     39
Phase 4: Deploy     40
Understanding software update groups     41
Reporting groups     41
Rollup groups     41
Monthly groups     42
Quarterly and yearly groups     42
Using software update groups     42
Using a phased rollout strategy     44
Using deployment templates     44
Using deployment packages      45
Deploying software updates      48
Automatic deployment of software updates     48
Manual deployment of software updates     49
Understanding superseded and expired updates     52
Understanding the expired updates cleanup process     54
Manually removing expired updates     54
Configuring the maintenance window     54
Chapter 4: Monitoring software updates     57
Compliance accuracy     57
Compliance states from the console     57
Managing client health     59
Tracking compliance data     62
Software update summarization     63
Alerts     64
Monitoring an individual update     65
Monitoring a deployment     67
Deployment Monitoring Tool     69
Built-in and custom reports     73
Software update reports     73
Client status reports     75
Custom reports     75
Chapter 5: Software updates automation     83
Understanding automatic deployment rules     83
Creating automatic deployment rules     84
Automating software update database maintenance     93
Site server software update automation      96
Client software update automation     104
Community resources for software update automation     106



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