In Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, software updates must be synchronized before the update information is available in the Configuration Manager 2007 console. Synchronization is initiated at the highest level site in the hierarchy that has an active software update point.

Software Updates Synchronization

Software updates synchronization in Configuration Manager is the process of retrieving the software updates metadata that meet the configured criteria from the upstream Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 server or from Microsoft Update. The highest site in the Configuration Manager hierarchy with an active software update point (most likely the central site) synchronizes with Microsoft Update. This synchronization can be scheduled as part of the software update point properties, or it can be manually initiated.

When synchronization is initiated on a configured schedule, all changes to the software updates metadata, since the last scheduled synchronization, are inserted into the site database. These changes include new software updates metadata or metadata that has been modified or removed. When synchronization is initiated manually, only software updates metadata that is new since the last synchronization is inserted into the site database. The manual synchronization is completed more quickly than the scheduled synchronization.

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