Windows 7/8.1/Server: New update schemes for WSUS/SCCM from December 2016 onwards

Windows Update[German]Microsoft is changing its Supersedence Behaviour for Security-only and Security Monthly Quality Rollup Updates for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2.


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Since October 2016 Microsoft released Update Rollups (Security-only updates and monthly Security and Quality Rollup Updates) to Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2. Companies using WSUS or SCCM Configuration Manager, run into trouble:

  • The Security Only Update for October was superseded by the November Security Monthly Quality Rollup for November
  • The Security Only Update for November was also superseded by the November Security Monthly Quality Rollup for November

Update-Schema
(Source: Microsoft)

According to this Technet Blog-Post, customers using WSUS or Configuration Manager 2007 being unable to deploy security only updates using the built in software update mechanisms without additional workarounds.

Now Microsoft updated the supersedence relationship of updates so that Security-only updates are not superseded. In addition, the logic of the updates has been modified so that if the Monthly Quality update is installed (which contains the security updates), the security update will not be applicable. An update to previous security only updates will be released as meta data only for the changes to take effect which will require a Software Update (or WSUS) synchronisation.


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