Deploying XP SP3 - WSUS or SCCM 2007

Hello

A bit of a retro question.

I'm looking to roll out Windows XP SP3 to some old clients - not sure whether this is better done via existing SCCM 2007 or WSUS (2012 server).

Suggestions and Pros and Cons of required please !

Any idea why I can never find System Center in the List of topics!
nico-Asked:
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MikeIT ProfessionalCommented:
My feeling is that SCCM is the better option here.  As far as Pros and Cons.....well....i cant really elaborate on that...I have used both methods and find that the SCCM works better with the older Operating Systems.

When you say that you cannot find system center in the list of topics, please elaborate...If you are asking is there is a separate section on EE for just System Center Config Manager, that answer is no....most questions that have to do with the SCCM usually fall under OS/Microsoft OS.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/
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nico-Author Commented:
thanks

Does SCCM patching comprise of WSUS being integrated.  As in SCCM = WSUS + 3rd party support ?  Is there any more control or anything additional that can be done with SCCM regarding updates that can't be done using WSUS ?

thanks for the info on System Center.
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MikeIT ProfessionalCommented:
No. I don't think there is anything that you gain by using wsus.
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
I've done it via GPO and SCCM.  WSUS vs SCCM is a bit redundant, since SCCM uses the WSUS engine to do updates.  GPO is nice because you can assign it to install at user login and it's predictable. SCCM is a bit more tricky as you have to find a time to push it out and hope no one restarts the computer in the middle of the process.
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nico-Author Commented:
Hi Aleinss

I see, so the update gets pushed at login and the user can't login properly until complete.

Would you roughly explaining the differences between deploying via SCCM compared to SCCM and GPO?

thanks for your help
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nico-Author Commented:
Maybe i mis-read that.  Are you saying that you have deployed it using software settings using Group Policy in one method and also via SCCM 2007 in another method.  I read that as SCCM using GPO's?
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
They are 2 separate ways of doing it.  You are correct that user cannot login until the update is done using the GPO method.  What I've done is sent out a broadcast e-mail asking users to restart their PCs at night and then walk around and make sure it's kicked off with the GPO method.  Since it's a computer policy and not a user policy, it will kick off right away without anyone logging in.

With SCCM, you can set the time and date and setup a maint window.  However, SCCM does not do login/logoff events very well, so you would need to pick a time off hours that no one is using the computer to kick off the install.
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nico-Author Commented:
Thanks for the info.

Can you elaborate on the part of SCCM not doing login/logoff events very well from your experience?
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
Basically, if you assign a task in SCCM do do something on a user logoff or login, it doesn't do that very well.  GPO works 100% of the time for these events.
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nico-Author Commented:
Thanks.  I always found SCCM 2007 reasonably flakey.

is there any benefit for using WSUS over standard GPO deployment ?
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Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
You'll get richer reporting using WSUS...I don't believe GPOs have any type of reporting back to you what computers they hit.
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