Please, do you have an answer for the below questions? Or, can you point me to the Group that could answer these?
Customer wants to patch the Sharepoint farm through SCCM without manually intervening on the servers for this. I told him this is by design and that the Updates tagged with “farm deployment” are not listed in SCCM, because they specifically require User Intervention. The reason for not showing SharePoint Farm Updates in SCCM is due to the update behavior of Sharepoint. a farm update is installed on 1 of the servers and manually distributed over all other servers and databases https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff806338.aspx
The customer wants to know:
What do companies with 10-100+ sharepoint servers do, to automate their update process? Creating packages for every update is a tedious process and requires a lot of manhours every month, for something that is really simple. It will also mean that when we've done this for a while (say, a year) and then deploys a new SharePoint server, it'll have to install all updates one by one, and the risk of it failing at some point is quite high.
Are anyone else using SCCM somehow? Could one perhaps alter the WSUS database, to mark all updates containing "farm-deployment" to InstallationCanRequestUserInput = 0, and in that way enable SCCM to import the updates, and then make a schedule that takes care of patching the farms in a proper way?
Are the content of the update without the farm-deployment tag identical to the one with the tag? So it's just a matter of how wsus and SCCM perceives the update, or is there in fact a difference in the content of the update?
This suggestion was flagged for moderation which brought it to my attention. I’ve cleared the moderation flag, but I am also going to close this out and return votes back to supporters.
It reads to me like you need some collaborative assistance with other members of the Configuration Manager community, and this is really not what UserVoice is designed for. UserVoice is meant to be a platform for providing suggestions and feedback to the Configuration Manager product group.
A good starting point for these questions would be the TechNet forums at: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=ConfigMgrCB
I have another customer who having same issue. It is really critical to them. They are questioning that why they are unable to do this with WSUS but not SCCM.