System Center Updates Publisher

System Center Updates Publisher 3.0 has been built on the custom updates framework that was introduced in Systems Management Server 2003 R2. Updates Publisher is a stand-alone tool that enables independent software vendors or line-of-business application developers to import software update catalogs, create and modify software update definitions, export update definitions to catalogs, and publish software updates information to a configured update server. By using Updates Publisher to define software updates and publish them to the update server, administrators can begin detecting and deploying published updates to client and server computers in their organization.

Updates Publisher 4.0 adds support for software updates that have dependencies, such as drivers and update bundles. Catalogs for these updates can be imported, the updates can be exported (but not exported for testing), and published to an update server. Drivers and update bundles cannot be created or modified in Updates Publisher 4.0.

Updates Publisher enables administrators to do the following:

  • Import catalogs created by non-Microsoft organizations or created from within the administrator's organization.

  • Create applicability and deployment metadata for software updates.

  • Export software update catalogs so that they can be imported by Updates Publisher at another location, or export a test catalog to verify that the rules for the updates work as expected.

  • Manage software updates information.

For more information about Updates Publisher, visit the System Center Updates Publisher Web site (

The following links provide information about getting started with Updates Publisher, configuring and using the Updates Publisher, and troubleshooting common issues.

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System Center Updates Publisher Copyright
Provides Updates Publisher copyright information.

Online Version of System Center Updates Publisher
Provides the link to the online version of the Updates Publisher documentation.

Getting Started with Updates Publisher
Provides information about getting started with Updates Publisher, including software requirements, installation, and security.

Managing Updates Publisher Settings
Provides information about Updates Publisher settings.

Managing Software Updates
Provides information about how to create, modify, and delete software update definitions.

Importing Software Updates Catalogs
Provides information about importing software updates catalogs.

Publishing Software Updates
Provides information about publishing software updates to an update server.

Exporting Software Updates
Provides information about exporting software update definitions to a catalog.

Managing Rules in Updates Publisher
Provides information about managing the rules that are used when creating software update definitions.

Updates Publisher Back Up and Restore
Provides information about backing up and restoring the Updates Publisher database.

Reference Topics for Updates Publisher
Provides reference information about the Updates Publisher console, available actions, wizards, dialog boxes, rules, and so on.

Troubleshooting Updates Publisher
Provides information about troubleshooting Updates Publisher.