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Overview of Software Updates

Updated: December 1, 2008

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

Providing updates to software and maintaining managed resources is a reality of networked, distributed computing. An effective software update management process is necessary to maintain operational efficiency, overcome security issues, and maintain the stability of the network infrastructure. However, because of the changing nature of technology and the continual appearance of new security threats, the task of effective software update management can be challenging.

The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 software updates feature provides a set of tools and resources that can help manage the complex task of tracking and applying software updates to client computers in the enterprise. Click any link in the following section for overview information about software updates.

noteNote
For information about using the Configuration Manager 2007 Software Development Kit to script and develop software for this feature, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129511.

In This Section

Administrator Workflows for Software Updates
Provides visual workflows for software updates processes.

Administrator Checklists for Software Updates
Provides checklists for software updates processed.

About the Software Updates Process
Provides information about the end-to-end software updates process.

About the Software Updates Objects
Provides information about the objects that are used for software updates.

About the Software Update Point
Provides information about the software update point site system role.

About the Software Updates Client Agent
Provides information about the client agent used for software updates.

About Software Updates Metadata
Provides information about software updates metadata.

About Software Update Files
Provides information about software update files.

About Software Updates Synchronization
Provides information about software updates synchronization.

About the Icons for Software Updates
Provides information about the icons displayed for individual software updates.

About Software Updates Compliance
Provides information about the compliance for software updates

About Update Lists in Software Updates
Provides information about update lists.

About Deployment Templates in Software Updates
Provides information about software update deployment templates

About Software Update Deployment Packages
Provides information about software update deployment packages.

About Software Update Deployments
Provides information about software update deployments.

About the Software Updates End User Experience
Provides information about the end user experience when software updates are deployed to client computers.

About Phased and Expedited Software Update Deployments
Provides information about phased and expedited software update deployments.

About the Software Updates Wizards
Provides information about the software updates wizards.

About the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates
Provides information about the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates.

About System Center Updates Publisher
Provides information about System Center Updates Publisher that custom updates to be published to Windows Server Update Services and then synchronized with the Configuration Manager site server.

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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