The IT Services team have been developing a more automated and streamlined approach for updating software and managing security settings for Windows computers across the University with a solution called Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

As part of this implementation we are changing the method by which the University windows devices will receive essential windows update patches.

The SCCM software will now notify you using a pop up box that Windows update patches are available for installation.

Windows update patches are tested and approved centrally by IT Services in advance before deployment out to staff devices.

What can be expected is a notification popup like the ones below, indicating that updates are available to be installed


If you click on the pop-up, you will see a similar screen to the one below where you can decide what to do with the updates.  

Alternativity staff can decide to install these manually by clicking on Start, Programs selecting Microsoft System Center, Software Center.

The system has a deadline by which they must be installed, if they are not installed manually, they will be automatically installed within 2 days of deployment.

This deadline will be set on the SCCM central system.

Staff will be informed that updates have been installed and that the device will reboot in 30 minutes, thus giving staff a chance to save documents they are working on before the automatic reboot takes place.