PowerShell: Removing Software Updates from Windows

Introduction

Recently, I had the need to remove software updates from Windows servers in order to test out patching functionality in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM / ConfigMgr). Since we’re currently deploying full patched operating system (OS) images, we didn’t really have any machines to test deploying software updates with. We’re currently working with non-production servers, so removing software updates for a few minutes and reinstalling them isn’t a big deal. I figured the easiest thing to do would be to simply remove any and all updates that could be removed (some can’t be uninstalled), so naturally, I wrote a script to handle this.

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ConfigMgr 2012: Installing the Software Update Point Role

Introduction

In a new ConfigMgr 2012 site, you probably won’t initially have a Software Update Point (SUP), which allows you to deploy Microsoft software updates. This process actually uses Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 under the covers, just like ConfigMgr 2007 did.

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