Managing Windows 10 updates has become somewhat of a challenge with Microsoft not allowing updates to be fully controlled on end-user computers from a central source. Windows 10 does not allow for updates to be deferred indefinitely – which is a good thing in some ways with a large number of security updates that are processed monthly. However, losing important data when an update starts running unexpectedly is counterproductive and downright frustrating! That is why it is important to have a set management system to control when and how the updates are applied.
You could use System Center Configuration Manager (or SCCM). This is Microsoft’s own software for managing Windows deployments in an enterprise setting. Administrators can use SCCM to remotely control client machines, manage updates and patches and even manage iOS and Android devices. SCCM does have a licensing cost per device, which is quite expensive and thus, it may not be a viable solution for most smaller firms.
Another option is to set up Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). WSUS is free update management software developed by Microsoft that enables administrators to manage the distribution of updates and hotfixes released for Microsoft products to computers in a corporate environment. Updates can be approved or declined and tested before being deployed using group policy.
There are also third-party programs which allow for greater control and testing. Triella implements this method of deployment of patches and security updates. Using a patch management system that allows for testing and vetting of security and critical updates to ensure that the client computers are receiving the correct patching for their specific environment. This method also allows for individual updates and patches to be applied on the fly to specific computers.
Having a clear concise view of the patch inventory and overall compliance is an important aspect of maintaining Windows 10 updates and patches. Having control over the monthly maintenance is critical to all aspects of the corporate environment to ensure users are able to be productive and not disrupted during work hours. Ensuring critical patching is applied and maintained in a timely fashion can make all the difference when used with the proper anti-virus software to ensure your computers are safe and up to date.
Tammy Malone is a Client Support Specialist at Triella. We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Tammy can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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