What to expect with SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager)

Last Updated: 01/02/2014

Overview

SCCM Software Center’s “Required Changes” system is replacing the normal Windows Updates process. Several new popups and icons will appear on your system, so we wanted to make you aware of what they look like so you can make sure the updates are applied.

SCCM Software Center’s “Required Changes” system is replacing the normal Windows Updates process.  Several new popups and icons will appear on your system, so we wanted to make you aware of what they look like so you can make sure the updates are applied.

When a “software update (required change)” is available, a pop-up will appear stating “Software Changes are required by your IT department,” like so:

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At this point, clicking the pop-up will open Software Center’s “software changes” summary.

If you continue working, this pop-up will go away in about 15 seconds - once it’s gone you can access the updates by clicking this icon on your taskbar, and select “View Required Software”:

changes required image

The Software Center “software changes ” selection will appear, select the appropriate radio button, descriptions below.

Apply options visual

If you select apply all required changes now: The updates will be installed while you are working. If a restart is necessary you will be prompted for a restart after the installation has completed. Installing now does not affect any currently running programs.

If you choose to apply all required changes outside your scheduled business hours: (By default the business hours are set from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Friday) you can view or “change your configured business hours” if necessary. SCCM will attempt to install all required changes outside of your business hours, should your system be left running.  It is recommend to check the “restart my computer automatically if needed” to avoid being prompted to restart throughout the next day.

Should you choose to do nothing: software updates will be installed automatically once the installation deadline has been reached.

If a restart is required, your system will prompt you after the updates are installed.

Restart Required visual

By clicking on this pop-up, a restart menu will appear.

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Select the appropriate radio button and click OK.

Should you select restart now, a final warning will appear to close and save your work prior to restarting.

Click Restart visual