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Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Windows Updates and Servicing with MECM and Intune

by Greg Shields

Explore the surprising number of approaches MECM supports for deploying updates to Windows devices and the very simple, but less granular, alternative in Microsoft Intune in this course.

What you'll learn

Most organizations have a very different relationship today with Microsoft updates than did they in the past. The move to cumulative updates and the wholesale shift in thinking away from individual patch installations has greatly decreased the bookkeeping efforts in keeping machines up-to-date. But some use cases in some environments still need discrete update control, which is why exactly those abilities still exist in endpoint manager today. Exploring the surprising number of update deployment approaches available in MECM and Intune is the topic of this course.

In this fourteenth course out of sixteen, Microsoft Endpoint Manager: Windows Updates and Servicing with MECM and Intune, you'll begin with a look at the history of patch and update management on Windows devices, and how that history informs why so many options exist for update deployment. Next, you'll prepare your MECM environment's Software Update Point and WSUS services for synchronizing and deploying update packages. Then, you'll explore the various approaches available in MECM for getting updates on machines. Finally, you'll peek at the new -- and far simpler, but far less granular -- Windows servicing approach using Windows Update for Business policies and update rings in Microsoft Intune.

About the author

Greg Shields is Sr. Director of IT Ops Skills at Pluralsight and formerly Principal Author Evangelist. Reach him on Twitter @ConcentratdGreg.

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