Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Automatically updating the Configuration Manager client

Great news! With the release of ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 and 2012 SP2 it's now possible to automatically update the ConfigMgr client. No need to use the client packages again (which are still created by default). The only thing needed is to have ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 or 2012 SP2 in-place, and make sure the automatic client upgrade feature is enabled on the Site server. After that all ConfigMgr clients will be upgraded to the new version, which is v5.0.8239.1203

Note: Select "Upgrade client automatically when new client updates are available". This is set on 7 days by default and is done on servers too. Just select "Do not update servers" if you don't want too.

Note: The new installation page is only present when the automatic client upgrade feature is enabled. Otherwise above screen will be skipped during installation. You can enable it after the update and then re-run the installer at a later time.

For operating system deployment (OSD) scenarios, you can still use the PATCH= parameter if you need the update applied right away. Otherwise, the installation of the update will take place at some random interval within the value specified.

After that clients will be updated within 7 days from installation time. Just great and handy to have this functionality now :-)

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