Radia has you covered on Windows 7 Monthly Rollups

 In Accelerite Blog

In their announcement earlier in May, Microsoft introduced the concept of a Convenience Rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and a shift to monthly rollups of non-security updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. Based on market feedback, Microsoft further announced on August 15th some new changes for servicing Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. These changes also apply to Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. (Note: A rollup is multiple patches rolled together into a single update). Full details are available at: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2016/08/15/further-simplifying-servicing-model-for-windows-7-and-windows-8-1/

True to their word, Microsoft published their first rollup update on patch Tuesday (Tuesday October 11th). Many believe that it will indeed simplify the update process as Microsoft promises. Microsoft has not changed any schema or metadata format with this update, which means that all Radia customers should be able to consume this update with no problem – indeed many customers already have.

The key thing is that the cumulative update does not change anything in terms of the experience that you are used to already for many, many years in Radia. The same steps of acquisition, entitlement and desired state apply.

An interesting side note is that the rollup includes both the normal updates as well as security updates. At the moment, it is not possible to download only the security updates using Radia. Radia does provide a way to limit the distribution of updates to endpoints to just the security updates if so desired.

The size of the last update is a modest 119 MB. However, it is very likely that it will get larger in the future as more and more cumulative updates get “rolled” in. Thinking of efficient ways and means to download, publish and distribute this is one of our priorities at the moment.

Any reports you generate after applying these cumulative updates, will also have granularity of bulletin level reporting commensurate with how Microsoft structures the update. Thus there may not be information on individual bulletin level readily available.

I, for one, believe that the monthly rollups is a good idea and you will just have a simpler experience (see choice is not always good :-)) and fewer updates to apply.

If you want to follow along all the interesting facets of how Radia handles monthly rollups and further development, please refer to the FAQ at: https://support.accelerite.com/hc/en-us/articles/215279343 (an Accelerite support login is required to access)

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