Using express installation files
Integration of the express installation files from WSUS
I think this is becoming mandatory with the size of updates of Windows 10.
While express updates work in 1702, and improved with a update for 1702… the performance is drastically improved in ConfigMgr 1706 production release. This is faster whether or not using DO. Improvements are being considered for hotfix for 1702.
Joshua Binney commented
What are the slow times for express updates? Have you ran the express more than once? Was told by and engineer the first pass on Express would be slower. But faster on subsequent updates
Very slow with ConfigMgr 1706 und Windows 1703
Same slow speeds with 1702/1607 for me. Has anyone tested this with1702/1703 ?
Christoph Vacek commented
Express Installation files are supported in SCCM 1702 and Windows 10 1607 with April 2017 Update or Windows 10 1703.
BUT - they don't work as expected. As you can read here:
The download of Express Installation files is veeeeeeeeeeeery sloooooooooow.
If have the same problem in my virtual environment.
Please provide a better support for the Express Installation files!
It would be great if Microsoft can give us an actual fully patched Windows 7 wim file rather then an SP1. I would see it compare to the way windows 10 is available. Give me your thoughts :)
Andrew T commented
We have this for Windows 10 now in 1702, but it would be nice to see support for this in Windows 7 and other operating systems which have also moved to a cumulative update model - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2016/08/15/further-simplifying-servicing-model-for-windows-7-and-windows-8-1/
any news on this?
William Wellington commented
Make Incremental for SCCM 2007. That would better utilize the bandwidth.
Make Incremental for SCCM 2007
Making Incremental for SCCM 2007 would make life wonderful and more productive.
I agree, Make Incremental for SCCM 2007.
Stephen Cramer commented
Make Incremental for SCCM 2007!
With the new Win7 servicing model we run into similar problems without express installation.
Although there are the Security Only Updates, being recommended for SCCM distribution
, there is a new problem now, that MS might have overlooked:
Some older Security Updates (for example MS16-090 or MS16-027) are _not_ superseeded by the Security Only Update, but by the Rollup. In SCCM these are now marked superseeded and, depending on your configuration they'll be expired at once or a few months (default 3 months)!
That leads to the following problem:
If you do not update your base OS image monthly (most of us do that less frequent I think) or you have systems being offline for more than a month, you MUST deploy the Rollups to fix the security issues, that would normally be fixed by the old bulletin, which is now "partially" superseeded and soon or already expired, i.e. can no longer be distributed.
The baseline for the security only updates is the last month's security baseline.
If think a Cumulative Security Only Update is needed in any case.
As a large global enterprise we have many numerous low bandwidth sites.
We are using Configuration Manager to maintain our systems.
Our standard build of Windows 10 and Office 2013 now has a typical monthly per client download of >1.3GB and increasing each month. This is un-sustainable!
We need more intelligence in the update process to reduce the bandwidth per client.
I think after the Windows Servicing Roll Up Changes it would make sense to add it to the product, as in August next year, for Win 7SP1, 8.1 w September update 2014, Win 10,... there will only be one monthly cumulative OS update that includes everything (ok, it's little more than that, as you can see/hear here https://attend.services.skype.net/de-DE/72f988bf-86f1-41af-91ab-2d7cd011db47/53df2540-f43f-4d0f-a566-8d3d93ceab61/player?en=7a031530-0796-4b2a-b453-e22cb6301497&)
And from what MS told, Win 7 monthly cumulative update rollups will be around 700MB per machine per month. Yes, I know we can make use of BranchCache in smaller offices, but I think express updates plus BranchCache would be even better.
I expect the need for the new feature is heightened due to the recent announcements regarding windows 7 patching rollups?
Nash Pherson (MVP) commented
For information on express installation files: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708456(v=ws.10).aspx
marc graham commented
To Niall's point, with as many complaints i have heard regarding image distro at my engagements, this is a REQUIREMENT!!
Express installs would be very helpful.