Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM)

Software Update - Training videos from Microsoft

This series is recorded by @Steve Rachui, a Microsoft principal premier field engineer.  These tutorials  use Configuration Manager 2012 in the demos, however the concepts are still relevant for Configuration Manager current branch. These posts originally published on Microsoft blog.

Software Update - Part 1

Introduction & Overview

This video begins a series detailing the Software Update component in ConfigMgr 2012.  Discussion includes comparing differences between ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012.  Demonstrations also include a general walkthrough of Software Updates components in the console with brief explanation about each.

Software Update - Part II

Server Configuration

This video focuses on detailing the server-side components, including detailed discussion of the Software Update Point – including data flow and configuration options. Discussion then turns to configuring software updates for deploying, discussing strategies for using software update groups, creating deployment packages and automated deployment rules. The session concludes by reviewing the various client-side configurations that are implemented through site server settings.

Software Update - Part III

Server - Deep Dive

This video is a deep dive on the server side that investigates the back-end processing that happens when various administrative actions are taken in the console.  Topics covered include the replication of software update metadata and content data.  The session also discusses how information in the console is expressed in the database.

Software Update - Part IV

Client

This video focuses on the client experience when deploying software updates in several scenarios.  Discussion centers around the client-oriented software update components and gives examples of basic and more advanced deployments to show the user experience.

Software Update - Part V

Client - Internals

This video is a deep dive into the process of software update scanning and installation.  Demonstrations include a detailed look at the scanning process, a review of log files key to software update deployment and a look at a few key WMI namespaces involved in software update installation.

Software Update - Part VI

Monitoring Software Updates

This video focuses on monitoring software update deployment and compliance.  Discussion includes the various nodes of the ConfigMgr console, the data available in each and briefly touches the various report options.

Software Update - Part VII

Automating Software Updates

This video focuses on opportunities to automate routine tasks in software updates.  Specific demos and scripts show automation of software update group maintenance, deployments, maintenance of deployment packages and more.