The System Center Updates Publisher has been built on the custom updates framework that was introduced in Systems Management Server 2003 R2. Updates Publisher is a stand-alone tool that enables independent software vendors or line-of-business application developers to import software update catalogs, create and modify software update definitions, export update definitions to catalogs, and publish software updates information to a configured Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server. By using Updates Publisher to define software updates and publish them to the WSUS server, software updates in Configuration Manager 2007 is able to synchronize the custom updates from the WSUS server database to the site server database, enable client computers to scan for custom update compliance, and provide administrators the ability to deploy the custom updates to client computers.

For more information about Updates Publisher, visit the System Center Updates Publisher Web site ( The product documentation provides information that will help you to plan, deploy, operate, and troubleshoot System Center Updates Publisher.

Product Documentation

Comprehensive information about Updates Publisher is available in the Updates Publisher help file. The help file includes both introductory topics such as an overviews of features and concepts, as well as in-depth technical discussions and technical reference information.

There are several ways to access the Updates Publisher help file:

  • If you have not installed Updates Publisher yet, you can locate the file SC_UpdatesPublisher.chm under the Configuration Manager 2007 product DVD, in <DVD Drive>\SCUP. You can also copy the SC_UpdatesPublisher.chm file to any convenient location and run it locally, without installing Updates Publisher.

  • If you have installed Updates Publisher, you can access the help file in the Updates Publisher console by pressing F1, by clicking Help buttons, selecting Help from the Action menu, or by clicking some hyperlinks. After Updates Publisher is installed, the SC_UpdatesPublisher.chm file is available in %ProgramFiles%\System Center Updates Publisher\Help, by default.

  • The System Center Updates Publisher content is available on the System Center Updates Publisher Web site (

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