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Software Update Scan Cycle - SCCM 2012

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I have deployed Microsoft updates using automatic deployment rules in SCCM 2012 SP1.  To my surprise, my 1000+ clients are not detecting the updates (including Endpoint Protection definition updates) unless I manually trigger a Software Updates Scan Cycle on the client.  Is there any way to customize the interval for the scan from the SCCM server console?  I desperately need this, as my clients are not getting definition updates for days at a time.
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb694299.aspx

I found this article that describes the process in 2007.  This location does not appear to exist in 2012.
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Hi,

It still exists but is well hidden in the client settings GUI.

Client update settings

from the excellent walkthrough on TechNet

Sage advice from the System center unleashed book:
"Software Updates

The Software Update section of client settings controls updates behavior. It is enabled by default, but there are several schedule options within the section that should be adjusted.

The software update scan schedule defaults to every seven days, but should be adjusted to every one days. This allows much more timely information to be collected, such as what updates have been applied. This is reflected in reports, which will be current as of the previous day.

The scheduled deployment reevaluation schedule defaults to every seven days and should be left as is. The schedule determines how often the agent checks to see if it is still in compliance with previous deployments, which might result in updates being deployed.

The next setting controls what the agent does when a particular software update deployment deadline is reached, should the agent also opportunistically install any other pending software update deployments. And it allows how far in advance to look for pending software update deployments. Because update deployments frequently result in reboots, it makes sense to deploy future updates at the same time.

The setting defaults to False, so it is recommended to change that to True and the next setting to seven days. This ensures that any updates with mandatory deadlines scheduled up to a week in advance will be deployed at the same time."

 
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