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About Deployment Templates in Software Updates

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Deployment templates in Configuration Manager 2007 store many of the software update deployment properties, and they can be created for consistency and to save time when creating deployments. Templates are created prior to deploying software updates by running the Deployment Template Wizard, and they are configured with the following deployment properties:

 

Setting                           Description                                                                 

Collection

Specifies the collection that will be targeted for the software update deployment. This setting is optional when creating a deployment template.

Display/Time Settings

Specifies whether the user will be notified of pending software updates, the installation progress for software updates, whether a client evaluates the deployment schedule based on local or Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and the default duration between software update availability and mandatory installation on clients.

Restart Settings

Specifies the system restart behavior when a software update installs on a client and requires a restart to complete.

Event Generation

Specifies whether Microsoft Operation Manager alerts are disabled while the software updates install and whether an Operation Manager alert is created when a software update installation fails.

Download Settings

Specifies how clients will interact with distribution points when they receive a software update deployment.

SMS 2003 Settings

Specifies whether to deploy software updates to SMS 2003 clients that are in the target collection.

The deployment properties can also be saved to a deployment template when creating a deployment in the Deploy Software Updates Wizard. This allows the template to be used in future deployments.

Strategy for Using Deployment Templates

Deployment templates store many of the deployment properties that might not change from deployment to deployment, and they can save a lot of time for administrators when creating software update deployments. Templates can be created for different deployment scenarios in your environment. For example, you can create a template for expedited software update deployments and planned deployments. The template for the expedited deployment can suppress display notifications on client computers, set the deadline for 0 days from the deployment schedule, and allow system restarts outside of maintenance windows. The template for a planned deployment can allow display notifications on client computers and set the deadline for 14 days from the deployment schedule.

Pre-creating deployment templates for typical deployment scenarios in your environment allows you to create deployments using templates that populate many of the deployment properties that are most often static for the particular deployment scenario. Using the deployment template also reduces the number of wizard pages in the Deploy Software Updates Wizard by up to seven pages, which saves time and helps to prevent mistakes when configuring the deployment.

Configuring a Collection in a Deployment Template

The collection setting in a deployment template is optional. Depending on your deployment strategy, you might want to leave the collection setting blank. When there are a lot of collections in your environment that will be used for deploying software updates, you might want to leave the collection setting blank and configure the collection when creating the deployment. When there are a few collections, configuring the collection in the template might be desired.

Using Deployment Templates

The configured deployment properties that are defined in a deployment template are used when creating a deployment. An update list or individually selected software updates can be dragged-and-dropped onto an existing template to open the Deploy Software Updates Wizard, or an existing template can be selected when in the wizard.

Drag-and-Drop to a Deployment Template

To start the Deploy Software Updates Wizard using a deployment template, you can select either the update list that contains the software updates to deploy or the individual software updates, and then drag-and-drop the update list to an existing deployment template. This starts the Deploy Software Updates Wizard using the configured deployment properties from the template.

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When starting the Deploy Software Updates Wizard using this method, the properties configured in the template are not displayed in the wizard and cannot be modified while creating the deployment. These properties can be modified after creating the deployment by going to the properties for the deployment.

Selecting a Template from the Deploy Software Updates Wizard

To use a deployment template when creating a deployment, navigate to the Deploy Software Updates Wizard: Deployment Template Page of the Deploy Software Updates Wizard and select from a list of previously created deployment templates. The deployment properties contained in the highlighted template are displayed in the Results pane. When an existing template is selected, the deployment properties configured in the template are used and the associated wizard pages are not displayed.

Templates that Specify SMS 2003 Settings

When deployment templates are created with the Deploy software updates to SMS 2003 clients setting enabled, the template will be available on the Deployment Template page of the Deploy Software Updates Wizard only when all software updates can be deployed to SMS 2003 clients. For example, if the software updates that are being deployed all have a value of Yes for the Deployable to SMS2003 setting, the Deploy Software Updates Wizard will show all templates regardless of configured SMS 2003 settings. If the software updates that are being deployed have a value of No for the Deployable to SMS 2003 setting, the Deploy Software Updates Wizard will not show templates that have the SMS 2003 settings configured.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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