Can we push install patches using SCCM on VM's deployed in Vmware infra

I would like to use SCCM in order to push install patches updates, on all Virtual Machine deployed within our Vcenter infrastructure.
Question is if SCCM do scan the VM's that are powered of? I believe it does as it reads the virtual disk, but I'd like to have a confirmation by an expert.

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Derek SouterITO Svc Delivery Cons IIICommented:
as far as I know, no it does not

my knowledge is a few years old - but at the time, it would only install patches to powered on VMs

this may have changed in newer versions of SCCM (though even then, I would not see Microsoft making that sort of feature work with VMware, even if it was possible with Hyper-V)
Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
50 % of SCCM work is done at the client level using a windows service called SMS Agent host. It does not differentiate between VM or non VM. As it is a windows service, VM needs to be running.

other 50% is done at the server level within DB etc.

So if your VM is ON then it can be scanned like your physical machines. If it is offline, then it cannot and after a set number of days, it wil mark the client as inactive.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We use it to patch VMs, like any Windows OS, physical or virtual, it has no preference! but it has to be powered on!
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