Working smarter with SCCM 2012 R2

Working smarter, not harder, is a goal all Administrators should work toward. Administrators are being asked to do more, with less, and in increasingly shorter time frames. Trying to keep up with new releases of operating systems (OS), patches, cumulative updates soon spirals into a chasing your tail kind of work environment. System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a major tool in an organisation’s arsenal; producing reports, keeping the company OS updated .. lots of work to be done! So, let’s work smarter. Download the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension from *HERE* The download is an msi file, simply install it and then restart your SCCM Admin Console.

A new Site Servicing entry now appears in the Administration Pane. This shows the version of your SCCM Site, what releases are available and links to get those updates! And things get better from there:

Administration Pane

Here is a list of Cumulative Updates, version numbers, and release dates.

Version Numbers

Here’s your Site Version and current updates.

Site Version

There is an interface to “Create Query” to produce Reports of what Client Version your site has.

Create Query

Click on “Create Query” and follow the bouncing ball!

Create Query

And, as a huge bonus, a list of all the latest Blog Posts from the System Center Configuration Manager Team!

Latest posts

Working smarter, not harder. Helping Administrators get the right work/life balance. Not a bad conclusion, if I do say so myself 🙂


Wayne McGlinn

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