Microsoft Describes Windows Update for Business Limitations and Dual Scan Caveats

Microsoft this week described Windows Update for Business (WUB) and how it plays with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) when managing Windows 10 clients. WUB has been in Windows 10 since version 1511, but Microsoft hasn’t always been able to articulate exactly what it is. Rachui said that WUB typically gets described as “a free cloud service,” but it’s not really that. It has a cloud aspect, but it’s really just a series of settings specific to Windows 10 that are available for IT pros to use.

WUB can be used to manage feature and quality updates for Windows 10 clients. It doesn’t require extra infrastructure to use its capabilities, and there’s no software to install. The WUB configuration gets set by IT pros and it takes care of itself. There are no approval cycles each month for Windows 10 clients when using WUB, and no deployments to manage each month.

“You can do some organization with Windows Update for Business, but it’s not an ongoing process for admins,” Rachui said. He contended that with Windows 10, organizations shouldn’t need to choose which updates to deploy month to month. Instead, they can set configurations in WUB and then just let the updates run. WUB is “very configurable,” according to Rachui. Settings can be configured manually using the Windows 10 client user interface, Group Policy, the registry, Microsoft Intune or a mobile device management solution, and SCCM. During the talk, Rachui demonstrated some of those details.

WUB can be used with Windows 10 “servicing rings,” which is a kind of triage approach for delivering updates to client devices in organizations. It supports the “maintenance windows” that organizations may have. It works with Microsoft’s peer-to-peer “Deployment Optimization” caching capability to manage bandwidth during PC updates. It also works with existing management tools, including as a standalone tool. It’ll work in conjunction with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), SCCM, the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite and even third-party tools, Rachui indicated.

WUB has some requirements. It needs to have Internet connectivity and at least Basic telemetry needs to be turned on. It only works with Windows 10 clients, including the Education, Pro and Enterprise editions. It doesn’t support the Windows 10 Mobile edition.