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How to deploy third-party updates to ConfigMgr clients without building deployment packages

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Updated December 22, 2017


Use the Update Management Wizard in Patch Manager to deploy third-party updates to ConfigMgr clients without building a deployment package.

Be sure to clear the Include only approved updates option on the second screen of the wizard.

This procedure requires that you have already published the updates to the ConfigMgr update server.


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  1. Log in to Patch Manager as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise > Update Services > updateServer > Updates, where updateServer is the server that publishes the updates.
  3. Select a category that contains the types of updates you want to deploy. You will specify the updates you want to deploy in a later step. For example:
    • Critical Updates address vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized application to run without user intervention.

    • Security Updates address security vulnerabilities as defined by the Microsoft Security Response Center.

    • Third Party Updates address vulnerabilities with non-Microsoft applications (such as Adobe Acrobat).

    • All Updates address critical security, and third party updates.

  4. In the Actions pane, click Update Management Wizard.
  5. In the Update Management Wizard window, select Create custom dynamic update management rules, and click Next.
  6. In the Options screen, clear the Include only approved updates option, and then configure the remaining options as required.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click OK in the Warning dialog box to continue.
  9. In the Custom Dynamic Rule screen, create rules to specify the updates you want to deploy.
    1. Click Add Rule and select the appropriate option. For example, you can select Product Rule to specify a particular vendor or product.
    2. In the Rule dialog box, enter or select a parameter. For example, in the Product Rule dialog box, select a product or vendor.
    3. Select the logical operator you want to apply to the parameter you specified, and click OK. For example, in the Product Rule dialog, select Include update when product contains to specify any applicable update that contains the vendor or product name you selected.
    4. Click OK.
    5. Repeat step a through step d to add additional updates.
  10. To save this rule set for future Update Management Wizard tasks, click Save Template, and then specify a name for the rule template.
  11. Click Finish.
  12. Complete the Task Options Wizard to specify clients and other task options:
    1. In the computer selection screen, add the client(s) you want to target with the task, and click Next.
    2. On the Scheduling and Notification Options screen, configure the Schedule Settings, Export Options, and Email Options, and then click Next.
    3. In the Summary screen, verify the task details, and click Finish.

When Patch Manager completes the task, it instructs the Windows Update Agent on the ConfigMgr client to check whether the update(s) you specified are applicable. Clients can download the update(s) they needs from the update server and continue with the installation.


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