Upon creating an automatic Software Update strategy in your organization, you need to automate this process as much as possible.

If you are using SCCM, you should be creating Automatic Deployment Rules (ADRs).

ADRs require configuration with deployment deadlines for software update installation on the clients.

This blog post describes in short what ADRs are and how they deploy to clients in different phases.

What are Automatic Deployment Rules?

ADRs are used to accomplish the following tasks automatically:

I have previously created a blog post which describes how to add multiple deployments for one Automatic Deployment Rule.

Configure ADRs in SCCM

The Deployment Schedule page looks like this in the Create Automatic Deployment Rule Wizard:

The different options that you can configure are defined by Microsoft here:

Automatic Deployment Rules in SCCM

Above we can see that Available Time is two days. After two days, the software updates are available in the Software Center on the client.

Installation Deadline is configured for 7 days, which means that after 2+7 days, the software updates are forcefully installed on the clients.


What you should take away from this is that the installation deadline of the software updates is the sum of Available time + Deadline time.

I hope this short explanation can help someone! Did you know this? Please leave a comment below!

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  1. Is the screen shot above, you have the “actual time” listed under available time and deadline time. I dont see that option on SCCM 1902. What version are you running?


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