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Planning Updates in Windows Intune

Updated: December 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Intune

In the Windows Intune administrator console, you can use the Updates workspace to efficiently administer the software update process for your managed client computers. The Windows Intune administrator console supports and encourages best practices for update management.

When new updates are available through Microsoft Update, an update notification is displayed in the Windows Intune administrator console. Each computer evaluates whether each update is applicable. You can approve updates after this evaluation is completed.

You can also upload and approve updates for non-Microsoft products.

As updates are approved and installed, the update status changes to reflect the success or failure of the installation. Some updates can be uninstalled after they are installed.

Unless the action Do Not Install, Required Install, or Uninstall was explicitly configured for a child group, an action configured for a parent group is inherited by all its children.

Updates for Microsoft Products

Windows Intune will only display updates from Microsoft Update based on the product categories and update classifications that you specify. The following product categories and update classifications are selected by default when you sign-up for your Windows Intune account.

Product Category

  • Office

  • Silverlight

  • Windows

  • Windows Live

  • Works

Update Classification

  • Critical Updates

  • Security Updates

  • Definition Updates

  • Service Packs

  • Update Rollups

Modify the list product category and update classification lists based on the software running on your computers. For more information see, Selecting Product Categories and Classifications to be Updated in Windows Intune

You must approve updates to initiate a deployment action. When you approve an update you are essentially telling Windows Intune what to do with the update. You can select multiple updates and approve them for installation at once. For more information see, Approving Updates in Windows Intune.

You can create a rule that Windows Intune will automatically apply to new updates. For the rule, you select the product categories, update classifications, and the computer groups. New updates that match this rule will be automatically approved and deployed to the computers in the group. For more information see, Creating Windows Intune Automatic Update Approval Rules.

Third Party Updates

You can deploy updates for third parties through Windows Intune. You need to upload the these updates to the Windows Intune Cloud Storage space, and then you can deploy third party updates to computers that are managed using Windows Intune.

Before you start the Upload Update wizard, we recommend that you collect the following information about the update. You will be asked to enter this information in the Upload Update wizard:

  • Name and location of the update files.

  • Name and publisher of the update and a description of its purpose.

  • Computer architecture that the update package supports. This can be 32-bit, 64-bit, or both.

  • Windows operating systems that the update supports.

  • Methods by which Windows Intune can determine whether the update already exists on targeted client computers. Software package on which the update depends and the method that you will use to detect that software package. We recommend that you provide this information, but it is not required.

  • Any relevant command-line arguments to add to the update installation command. Command-line arguments are optional.

  • Interpretation of installation return codes. This entry is optional.

For more information about uploading and deploying third party updates, see Creating a Non-Microsoft Update Software Package in Windows Intune

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