Simplifying Windows Updates For Patch Tuesday In October 2016

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Last month Microsoft posted a Technet article announcing some changes coming to the way they service (push Windows Update) to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. In the past, Patch Tuesday would include a number of individual patches that were released during the previous month. Back in May 2016, Microsoft released a Convenience Rollup Update for Windows 7 SP1.

Based on the feedback from that update, they’ve decided to make changes across the board. After October 2016, Microsoft will no longer push out individual updates, instead, they’ll release a Monthly Rollup Package that will be pushed through Windows Update and will address security and reliability issues. They’ll release a separate Security-Only Rollup for enterprises, but these will not be pushed via Windows Update.

Monthly Rollup

According to Microsoft:

From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup, so there will always be only one update required for your Windows PCs to get current.

Security-Only Updates

According to Microsoft:

Also from October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Security-only update. This update collects all of the security patches for that month into a single update. Unlike the Monthly Rollup, the Security-only update will only include new security patches that are released for that month. Individual patches will no longer be available. The Security-only update will be available to download and deploy from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Windows Update will publish only the Monthly Rollup – the Security-only update will not be published to Windows Update. The security-only update will allow enterprises to download as small of an update as possible while still maintaining more secure devices.

Source: Microsoft Technet

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