This topic includes best practices for software updates in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The information is sorted into best practices for initial installation and best practices for ongoing operations.

Installation Best Practices

Use the following best practices when you install software updates in Configuration Manager:

Use a Shared WSUS Database for Software Update Points

When Configuration Manager and WSUS use the same SQL Server, configure one of these to use a named instance and the other to use the default instance of SQL Server

Use a custom website for the WSUS installation

Specify the "Store updates locally" setting for the WSUS installation

Operational Best Practices

Use the following best practices when you use software updates:

Limit software updates to 1000 in a single software update deployment

Create a new software update group each time an automatic deployment rule runs for “Patch Tuesday” and for general deployment

Use an existing software update group for automatic deployment rules for Endpoint Protection definition updates

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