Thursday, October 13, 2016

Changes to Software Updates on Down Level Operating Systems for ConfigMgr Admins

I wanted to share the information with you about much awaited patch Tuesday, which is live now, now Microsoft is releasing only Quality update (Monthly Quality rollup and Monthly Quality)
Now days gone for having multiple KB’s and updates for each operating system and components, we will have only one quality update, which is really great.

And important thing Quality update will not be available on windows update, so users can’t install them directly on their machines.

From Patch Tuesday in October 2016, there will be 3 update types released for each Windows version and architecture. The updates are described in the table below:

Update Type Description Release Time Classification Windows Update WSUS Windows Update Catalog
Monthly Rollup Includes security fixes, reliability fixes, bug fixes, etc. Supersedes and includes all updates provided previously. 2nd Tuesday Security Yes Yes Yes
Security only Security fixes released this month 2nd Tuesday Security No Yes Yes
Monthly Rollup Preview Includes all previous security updates, and new reliability fixes, bug fixes, etc. Does not include new security fixes on top of the Monthly Rollup. 3rd Tuesday Updates No Yes Yes

The updates will have names of the format:

Update Type Name Format Example
Monthly Rollup [Month, Year] Security Monthly Quality Rollup for [OS] [architecture] (KB #) October, 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3185331)
Security Only [Month, Year] Security Only Quality Update for [OS] [architecture] (KB #) October, 2016 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3192392)
Monthly Rollup Preview [Month, Year] Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for [OS] [architecture] (KB #)

So here you can see for Window’s 8.1 x64 bit we have only one update that is Quality and one for monthly rollup, same for other OS also.
Tested that, all updates installed very fast and compliance are increased from previous month. Because there is no multiple updates. Nothing is going to change in ConfigMgr, just need to update patching document  :P

And one more the next current branch of #SCCM (CB1610) will support the Express updates format, for delta updates of windows.

For more detail about the Patch Tuesday… see the following link.