Part 2 – Deploying Software Updates with Maintenance Windows – SCCM 2012

Part 2 of this post I will be creating a Software Update Group for all released Windows 8.1 Updates and deploy them to a Windows 8 client which is a member of a Collection with a Maintenance Window set.

Part 1 can be seen here if you missed it.

Once I create an all updates deployment group for a product, I would normally create the groups on a monthly basis for products. For example Patch Tuesday when Microsoft releases patches. I would create a software update group and deployment package for all Windows 8.1 updates called WIN_8_1_ALL today on June 21st, then create another Win_8_1_15072015 on 15th of July 2015 for the next lot of updates Microsoft releases.

Lets get started. In the Software Library, then Software Updates, then All Software Updates, I have specified the criteria (on far right side) to search for the Product = Windows 8.1 Updates. I will be adding all Windows 8.1 updates to a software update group.

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Once I have created my Windows 8.1 Software Update Group, I will be download them to a Deployment Package. I right clicked on the newly created Software Update Group and clicked Download.

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I have given the deployment package the same name as my software update group to make things easier, and specified the path to where I will download these software updates to.

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I have used the default settings for the rest of the settings. The updates will now download. This will take a while. My all Windows 8.1 updates deployment package was around 5GB.

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Once my Windows 8.1 deployment package has finished downloading, I have created a collection to prepare to deploy my Windows 8.1 updates.

I will be using Maintenance Windows in this example to make sure my Windows 8.1 client installs updates during the times I specified in my Maintenance Window.

After the device collection is created, I right clicked on the collection and went to the Maintenance Windows tab to create a new Maintenance Window.

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I have created my schedule and applied my maintenance window schedule type to Software Updates.

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I did a Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle on my Windows 8.1 and looked at the ServiceWindowManager.log in C:\Windows\CCM\Logs to verify that my client picked up the new Maintenance Windows.

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I have now gone back into the SCCM 2012 console, back to the Software Update Group I created earlier and will now be deploying my Windows 8.1 updates group to the collection I created with the Maintenance Window.

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I have made my deployment type to Required.

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I have set the available time to 5:35PM and my deadline to 5:36PM. Once my client picks up the policy, the updates won’t install until my Maintenance Window of 6PM has been activated.

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I have left these settings as is. I want my client to restart during the maintenance window.

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I have selected the default settings for the rest and finished the deployment wizard.

On my Windows 8.1 client I have run Software Updates Scan Cycle and Software Updates Deployment Evaluation Cycle

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I looked at the UpdatesDeployment.log on my client in C:\Windows\CCM\Logs and it said that it was waiting for the next maintenance window to start so it could install the updates. Once it hit 6PM which is the time of my maintenance window, the updates started installing.

Once all the updates have been installed on the client and the client has been restarted to apply the updates, I checked the Monitoring node, then deployments, then the Windows 8.1 deployment I created and I can see that my test Windows 8.1 client is now compliant.

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