Example scenario for using System Center Configuration Manager to deploy and monitor the security software updates released monthly by Microsoft

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

This topic provides an example scenario of how you can use software updates in System Center Configuration Manager to deploy and monitor the security software updates that Microsoft releases monthly.

In this scenario, John is the Configuration Manager administrator at Woodgrove Bank. John needs to create a software update deployment strategy with the following conditions and requirements:

  • Active software update deployment occurs one week after Microsoft releases the security software updates on the second Tuesday of each month. This event is typically referred to as Patch Tuesday.

  • Software updates are downloaded and staged on distribution points. Then a deployment is tested to a subset of clients before John fully deploys the software updates in his production environment.

  • John must be able to monitor the software updates' compliance by month or by year.

    This scenario assumes that the software update point infrastructure has already been implemented. Use the following information to plan for and configure software updates in Configuration Manager.

Process Reference
Review the key concepts for software updates. Introduction to software updates
Plan for software updates. This information helps you to plan for capacity considerations, determine the software update point infrastructure, software update point installation, synchronization settings, and client settings for software updates. Plan for software updates
Configure software updates. This information helps you to install and configure software update points in your hierarchy and helps to configure and synchronize software updates.

In this scenario, John configures the software updates synchronization schedule to occur on the second Wednesday of each month to ensure that he retrieves the latest security software updates from Microsoft.
Synchronize software updates

The following sections in this topic provide example steps to help you to deploy and monitor Configuration Manager security software updates in your organization.

Step 1: Create a software update group for yearly compliance

John creates a software update group that he can use to monitor compliance for all of the security software updates that he releases in 2016. He performs the steps in the following table.

Process Reference
From the All Software Updates node in the Configuration Manager console, John adds criteria to display only security software updates that are released or revised in year 2015 that meet the following criteria:

  • Criteria: Date Released or Revised
  • Condition: is greater than or equal to specific date
    Value: 1/1/2015
  • Criteria: Update Classification
    Value: Security Updates
  • Criteria: Expired
    Value: No
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John adds all of the filtered software updates to a new software update group with the following requirements:

  • Name: Compliance Group - Microsoft Security Updates 2015
  • Description: Software updates
Add software updates to an update group

Step 2: Create an automatic deployment rule for the current month

John creates an automatic deployment rule for the security software updates that are released by Microsoft for the current month. He performs the steps in the following table.

Process Reference
John creates an automatic deployment rule with the following requirements:

  1. On the General tab, John configures the following:
    • Specifies Monthly Security Updates for the name.
    • Selects a test collection with limited clients.
    • Selects Create a new Software Update Group.
    • Verifies that Enable the deployment after this rule is run is not selected.
  2. On the Deployment Settings tab, John selects the default settings.
  3. On the Software Updates page, John configures the following property filters and search criteria:
    • Date Released or Revised Last 1 month.
    • Update Classification Security Updates.
  4. On the Evaluation page, John enables the rule to run on a schedule for the second Thursday of every month. John also verifies that his synchronization schedule is set to run on the second Wednesday of every month.
  5. John uses the default settings on the Deployment Schedule, User Experience, Alerts, and Download Settings pages.
  6. On the Deployment Package page, John specifies a new deployment package.
  7. John uses the default settings on the Download Location and Language Selection pages.
Automatically deploy software updates

Step 3: Verify that software updates are ready to deploy

On the second Thursday of every month, John verifies that the software updates are ready to deploy. He performs the following step.

Process Reference
John verifies that software updates synchronization completed successfully. Software updates synchronization status

Step 4: Deploy the software update group

After John verifies that the software updates are ready to deploy, he deploys the software updates. He performs the steps in the following table.

Process Reference
John creates two test deployments for the new software update group. He considers the following environments for each deployment:

Workstation test deployment: John considers the following for the workstation test deployment:

  • Specifies a deployment collection that contains a subset of workstation clients to verify the deployment.
  • Configures the deployment settings that are appropriate for the workstation clients in his environment.

Server test deployment: John considers the following for the server test deployment:

  • Specifies a deployment collection that contains a subset of server clients to verify the deployment.
  • Configures the deployment settings that are appropriate for the server clients in his environment.
Deploy software updates
John verifies that the test deployments have successfully deployed. Software updates deployment status
John updates the two deployments with new collections that include his production workstations and servers. No additional information

Step 5: Monitor compliance for deployed software updates

John monitors compliance of his software update deployments. He performs the step in the following table.

Process Reference
John monitors the software updates deployment status in the Configuration Manager console and checks the software update deployment reports available from the console. Monitor software updates in System Center Configuration Manager

Step 6: Add monthly software updates to the yearly update group

John adds the software updates from the monthly software update group to the yearly software update group. He performs the step in the following table.

Process Reference
John selects the software updates from the monthly software update group and adds the software updates to the software updates group that he created for yearly compliance. He tracks the software update compliance and creates various reports for his management. Add software updates to a deployed update group

John has successfully completed his monthly deployment for security software updates. He continues to monitor and report on software update compliance to ensure that the clients in his environment are within acceptable compliance levels.

Recurring monthly process to deploy software updates

After the first month that John deploys software updates, he performs steps three through six to deploy the monthly security software updates released by Microsoft.