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Planning for 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

Before implementing the software updates feature in the Configuration Manager 2007 site, it is highly recommended that you thoroughly review the planning content.

Click any link in the following section for overview information about software updates.

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Determine the Software Update Point Infrastructure
Provides information to help you determine what Configuration Manager sites must have an active software update point, which sites should have an active Internet-based software update point, and when a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster should be configured to be an active software update point.

Planning for the Software Update Point Installation
Provides information to help you plan for the software update point installation, and the several requirements that must be considered depending on your Configuration Manager infrastructure.

Planning for the Software Update Point Settings
Provides information to help you plan for the software update point settings, including the synchronization source, synchronization schedule, and the products, classifications, and languages for which software updates will be synchronized.

Planning the Test Environment for Software Updates
Provides information to help you create a test environment for software updates before implementing the feature into a production environment.

Planning the SMS 2003 Software Updates Upgrade
Provides information to help you plan for software updates when a site is upgraded from Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 to Configuration Manager 2007.

Planning for Software Updates Client Settings
Provides information to help you plan for the software updates client agent settings, including scan and evaluation schedules, settings that affect how and when software updates are installed on client computers, and Group Policy settings that must be considered on client computers.

Planning for Software Updates Server Settings
Provides information to help you plan for the software updates server settings, including the software update point settings, settings that involve maintenance windows, and settings that are configured for each software update.

Determine What Software Updates to Deploy
Provides information to help you determine what software updates should be deployed.

Planning for a Software Update Deployment
Provides information to help you plan for a software update deployment.

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