Manually Checking For Windows Updates in an SCCM-Controlled Environment

Windows 8.1 – When using the Control Panel Windows Update “Check for Updates” button, the system returns “No Updates are Available.” Subsequently using the hyperlink “Check online for updates from Microsoft Update” shows numerous updates are available.

One of my roles as IT Operations Manager is Desktop support. I conduct post-deployment “spot checks” of deployed Windows 8.1 PCs and discovered that we were missing some critical Windows updates. While we use SCCM 2012 to manage our patch deployments, missing Office 2013 patches leads to numerous Excel issues for our users. Why?

  1. Our SCCM doesn’t check for Office Updates
  2. Check for updates only checks the local PC’s update folder.
  3. The update doesn’t check for other Windows products
Check for Updates

Control Panel’s Check for Windows Updates

When I click the “Check for Updates” button

Your Windows is up to Date

Post-Button Notification

 

Click on “Check Settings” on the left hand side and check the box the “Give me updates for other Microsoft products…”

Give me other updates too!

Check the box that states “Give me updates for other Microsoft products…”

After clicking the “Check online for updates from Microsoft Update”

Updates are available

Numerous updates available online

The “Check for Updates” button checks the local PC’s update folder and doesn’t see any new Windows updates. This is expected behavior since an SCCM GPO turns this off. Manually checking online grabs the latest updates. I’ve also modified our SCCM patching routine to check for all Microsoft products. This is going to be a bear during the first run, but after that we’ll obtain all of the latest hotfixes, patches, et al. Risk? Hardly, since Microsoft and the whole community does such a great job of catching issues before we deploy to our user base. We also deploy to three test groups over three-weeks before final deployment.

DS

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About Doug Sigmon

IT Helpdesk manager in southern California. Love technology, gadgets, and golf.
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2 Responses to Manually Checking For Windows Updates in an SCCM-Controlled Environment

  1. HappySCCM says:

    Eeeeek! All them policies going down to the machines wont play nice. Are you filtering your update deployments to collections by product?
    http://happysccm.com/how-i-automate-patching-desktops/

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