The Publish Wizard in System Center Updates Publisher can be opened from any node in the Updates Publisher console. This wizard publishes flagged software updates to the configured update server.

During the publishing process for Updates Publisher 3.0, Updates Publisher 4.0, and for software updates flagged with the publish type of Full Content in Updates Publisher 4.5, the source file for the software update is downloaded to the user %TEMP% folder from the Download URL setting that is specified in the software update definition. Then the software update definition and update file are published to the update server. When software updates are flagged with the publish type of Metadata Only in Updates Publisher 4.5, only the software update definition is published to the update server.

Updates Publisher 4.5 provides a proxy server credentials dialog box when the connection fails for the current user. When this dialog box displays, enter the proxy server name, port, and a user name and password for an account that has appropriate proxy server permissions.
System Center Updates Publisher 4.0 added support for updates that have dependencies, such as drivers and bundles. During the publishing process, the updates and their dependencies are published to the update server. Updates with dependencies fail to publish to the update server when the dependencies are not available in the Updates Publisher or Windows Server Update Services database. The publish process will continue for other updates that have been flagged for publish.

Before the wizard can publish software updates to the update server, at least one software update must be flagged for publishing in the Updates Publisher console, and the update server and digital certificate used to sign the software updates must be specified in the Settings dialog box. For more information about configuring the update server settings and configuring the certificate store on the update server, see How to Configure the Update Server.

Updates Publisher 3.0, with the fix applied from Knowledge Base article 944693 (, removes the quiet installation (/q) and no restart (/n) command-line parameters, if they are specified, for Windows Installer (.msi) or Windows Installer Patch software updates during the publishing process. These command-line parameters are not supported by Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 or WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1. Updates Publisher 4.0 and Updates Publisher 4.5 include this fix.

During the publishing process, the Catalog Validation - Security Warning dialog box might be displayed if the publisher for any software update is not on the trusted publishers list. When a catalog from the publisher is imported into Updates Publisher, the Catalog Validation - Security Warning dialog box appears if the publisher is not already on the trusted publishers list. If the Always accept catalog from <publisher's name> option is selected on the dialog box, the publisher is added to the trusted publishers list and content from the publisher will automatically be accepted from then on. To remove a publisher from the trusted publishers list, see the Trusted Publishers tab of the Settings dialog box.

Content from publishers that are not trusted can potentially harm client computers when scanning for updates. Accept content only from publishers you trust. If you no longer trust a publisher, remove the publisher from the trusted publishers list. Click Tell Me More in the Catalog Validation - Security Warning dialog box to go to a Web site that provides more information about accepting content from publishers that are not trusted.

The wizard pages are described in the following table.

Create Update Wizard Page Description

Summary Page

Provides a summary of how many software updates will be published and the update server information.

Progress Page

Displays the current task and progress when the software updates are being published.

Confirmation Page

Displays a summary of the properties for the published custom updates.

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