Options for installing WIndows 10 patches

Hello Experts,

I have what is probably a dumb question but I'm curious so I'm posting it.

Can the upcoming Windows 10 patch be installed on a USB drive and distributed to the endusers to install? From what I hear, the 30G size will affect our office's bandwidth (MPLS in many offices). So I was wondering if a file on a USB drive would be a viable option especially since this will be twice a year instead of monthly. Smaller patches would still be handled through WSUS.  Does MS make an executable file for this purpose?  

Thank you.
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerCommented:
Microsoft has been using the Windows Media Creation Tool to do exactly what you propose.

Steph_MAuthor Commented:
I saw this for new installs, but I couldn't find any documentation related to patching. Does it work the same using an ISO file, etc.?
30GB? LOL. If you are talking about the next major upgrade "spring creator's update"/ v1803, which will be out in 2 weeks or so, we are talking about maybe 4 GBs.

Distribution is usually done using WSUS. if you have your WSUS accessible via WAN/Internet and you fear bandwidth problems, then simply don't publish it to WSUS but deploy it using scripts that will only work when inside the LAN (there are many ways to determine if LAN or WAN is in use, maybe you already know).
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can also use Windows 10 itself on a LAN to reduce downloading (Settings, Updates, Delivery Optimization). That is available on all Windows 10 machines.

And the download is 3 - 4 GB (NOT 30 Gb) as noted above.
Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerCommented:
The media creation will perform an upgrade from within Windows 10.  It can also be used for clean install of current W10.  The idea of WSUS to only download the updates once, and then push them over the LAN.  I agree with McKnife it won't be 30GB download in Window Updates.  The WSUS is the better option, but now you know about the Media creation tool as well.
Steph_MAuthor Commented:
Really - I just came from a meeting where I was told 30GB! That is funny and good to know.  Ok, I'd still like to know about the USB option as a backup plan. Do you have a sample script for deploying it as you recommended or a link directing me to more information? And no, this is not my area of expertise but I need to check to make sure the patching is completed.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
30 GB is the expansion / installation size - not the Download Size.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you do not have WSUS, set Windows 10 as I suggested and the process is automatic within Windows. Nothing to do - let it restart overnight.
No one would saddle a USB drive when he can use RDP to start setup or even use a scheduled task that a GPO deploys - agreed? :-)
Let me show you a small script: https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29016089/Push-out-Windows-10-Anniversary-1607-through-WSUS-2008.html#a42093002

If you need help adapting it to your source and target version, just say.

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Steph_MAuthor Commented:
Gentlemen, thank you for your help, you exceeded by expectations!

I am now ready for the next meeting on this subject. :)

Steph M
Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerCommented:
Like McKnife says, the USB is an option but hardly a good choice to upgrade multiple computers in a business environment.
Steph_MAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your recommendations. I will be sharing the info at a meeting tomorrow and will recommend the script option from McKnife and John's suggestion as the backup.
Steph_MAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your recommendations.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help
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