I have been thrown into the deep end of the SCCM pool and I’m having troubles keeping my head above water. A summary of our environment is:
- SCCM Server: SCCM 2012 Ver.5.00.8239.1000
- Clients: Windows 7
Here is what I’m running into:
Yesterday I reinstalled the OS to a PC. I installed Office 2016. I ran all the updates for both the OS and Office. I then joined the PC to the domain. SCCM discovered the newly added PC and pushed the SCCM client to it. The client then indicated that there were 34 updates with a “Past due – will be installed” status. This actually kind of surprised me as I had fully patched the system before joining it to the domain. In any case, I selected all the updates and clicked on the install button. The status of several updates changed to “Downloading (0% complete). The status on one of the updates changed to “Waiting to install”, and the status of the rest maintained a status of “Past due – will be installed”.
Here are my questions?
Does SCCM do any kind of scan to determine what updates are installed when a new computer is discovered?
Some of the updates that SCCM is saying are “Past due – will be installed” are from early 2017. Should I be retiring those deployments? If so, how?
Which logs should I be looking at to determine what is going on with installs in SCCM? Are there logs on both the server and the client?
What are some good books to get my hands on to help me nail down the basics?