Most organizations create unique deployments for each Patch Tuesday.

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For any business, being and staying compliant is of the utmost importance.

When setting up a software update solution, it's really important that you start with first things first—and the first thing is planning.

Table 1 shows sample compliance criteria for workstations.

Table 2 shows sample compliance criteria for servers.

Your planning must also include what to do when the criteria aren't met.

Another important part of the planning process is determining what updates you want to apply and how often.

The components and the recommended strategy for how often they should be created are as follows.

A software update point is a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server controlled by SCCM.

An important part of the planning process for SCCM 2012 is developing criteria that you can use to determine when you have reached an acceptable compliance level for updates.

Without that information, it'll be difficult for you to know when you have to spend additional time tracking noncompliant devices.

Unlike a standalone WSUS solution, clients don't download or install updates directly from a software update point.