Sunday, October 9, 2016

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes

Microsoft has moved the traditional windows updates release to rollup model for supported windows operating systems.
Below is a quick summary of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes

Which Operating Systems are included in new servicing?
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

When will new rollup model will start?
 October 2016

How it impacts SCCM ADR? or Current patching?
If the current ADR has Update Classification: Security updates enabled, then the ADR will end up downloading Security only updates and security and quality rollup as well. This will consume the drive space and as well as network bandwidth.

What happens if we deploy Security only update and security and quality rollup?
If we deploy both (deploy Security only update and security and quality rollup), there is no way to control which one will install first. If Security only update installs first, then the system will run security and quality rollup as well. However, if security and quality rollup runs first, then it will not run the security only update as already all the current and previous updates are installed by installing security and quality rollup.

How to use ADR to deploy security and quality rollup and remove security only updates?
When Security updates classification is used in creating ADR, the ADR will add security only and security and quality rollup in the deployment package. To exclude Security only update from the list, add a Title property filter then enter -Security only. This will remove all the updates listed as Security Only.

What happens to the individual patches after October? 
There will not be any individual patches from October 2016.

How are office updates deployed in the servicing model?
Office patches not part of the new servicing model. All the updates to the office products will be deployed like before. This servicing changes are ONLY for Windows OS products not for any other Microsoft product.

How can we block an update from security and quality rollup if there is an issue?
No, we cannot block a single update from a security rollup. That is why before rolling out any updates to the production devices, test as much as you can. Other option is deploying Security only updates and exclude unwanted update from the list.

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