Windows 10 previews are distributed via WSUS

[German]Microsoft has begun to provide function updates for Windows 10, which are still in preview status, via WSUS, thus enabling distribution in enterprise environments.


Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a Microsoft software component that runs on Windows Server and is used in enterprise environments to distribute updates to clients. In the tweet below I became aware to this new feature of WSUS.

Microsoft employee Aria Carley has revealed details in the blog post Publishing Publishing pre-release Windows 10 feature updates to WSUS. Redmond keeps an eye on the participants in the Windows Insider for Business program who will be provided with previews for distribution to test computers via WSUS.

If you want to join the group of IT administrators who are validating their environments based on pre-release builds, you can now deploy pre-release feature updates through the Configuration Manager: In the Products tab of Software Update Point Component Properties, select the box next to Windows Insider Pre-Release.

(Note: While this option will be visible on every version of Configuration Manager, you must be running Configuration Manager, version 1906 or newer to select it.)


(Source: Microsoft)

In the Techcommunity article, Microsoft gives further hints on what to consider. First users have already used this innovation in WSUS to get previews of function updates.

Starting with Windows 10, version 1909, Microsoft’s goal is to publish pre-release builds for the Configuration Manager on a monthly basis. Beyond this release, Microsoft will strive to publish these types of builds in accordance with the Windows Insider Program Slow Ring Builds. See the Techcommunity article here for more details.

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