There are a multiple methods to deploy the Cumulative Updates (CU) of ConfigMgr, to all the different components (console, client and server). The most common used method is the old-school packages that are created during the upgrade of a site server. This blog post will be about another less often, but definitely not less effective, method of deploying a CU is via System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP). In this post I will go through the steps required to deliver a CU, via SCUP, to ConfigMgr as a software update.
Before I will go through the steps, it’s important to know that this post does not describe the installation of SCUP itself. In case SCUP is not yet installed, the following posts provide some good guidelines to set it up:
- Enable SCUP in ConfigMgr 2012 R2 with WSUS 4.1;
- System Center Updates Publisher Signing Certificate Requirements & Step-by-Step Guide;
Step 1: Import the updates in SCUP
The first step is to import the (metadata of the) updates in SCUP. In case your not familiar with this, one of the things delivered during the installation of a CU, on the site server, is also a CAB file. This CAB file is located in the SCUP folder of the specific CU and contains the updates and their information in a form that SCUP can read. To import the CAB file in SCUP follow the next steps:
Step 2: Publish the updates to WSUS
The second step is to publish the (metadata of the) new updates to WSUS. To publish the (metadata of the) new updates to WSUS follow the next steps:
Step 3: Synchronize software updates
The third, and last, step is to synchronize (the metadata of) these updates now to ConfigMgr. To do this it is necessary to perform two synchronization actions. The first time is to synchronize the new product in to ConfigMgr and the second time is to synchronize (the metadata of) the updates to ConfigMgr. Simply do this all by performing the following steps:
At the end it’s always nice to look at the results. Navigate to Software Updates > All Software Updates in the Software Library workspace and in the product filter it’s now possible to select the product System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. By doing this the console will show the newly synchronized updates. After this the CU can be deployed as any other normal (security) update.