In addition to detection of applicable and installed software updates with Windows System Assessment Scan policy, Patch Management Solution lets you use a Windows Software Update Assessment task for update assessment. This feature is available starting from IT Management Suite version 8.5 RU3.
The task assesses applicability of the selected single or multiple software updates, or all updates in the selected bulletin. The task detects if the updates are already installed on client computers. You can create and run a Windows Software Update Assessment task for a software update before you install the update with a Windows Software Update Installation task.
|Criteria||Run System Assessment Scan on Windows Computers task||Windows Software Update Assessment task|
|Update assessment.||Assesses applicability of all imported updates.||Assesses applicability of the selected single or multiple software updates, or all updates in the selected bulletin.|
|Compliance information.||Updates patch management compliance reports located at Home > Patch Management > Windows.||Updates a Windows Software Update Assessment task page with the task status details, task instance details, and statuses of included updates.|
|Interaction with a Windows Software Update Installation task.||Cannot interact with a Windows Software Update Installation task in a single client job.||Can be sequenced with a Windows Software Update Installation task and other pre- and post-installation tasks in a single client job|
If you want to perform an operating system back up before software update installation, you can create a client job with the following tasks:
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Jobs and Tasks.
In the left pane, navigate to the folder that contains the job with a Windows Software Update Assessment task that you require and click the job.
In the right pane, on the job page, click the task after which you want to add a condition, and then click New > Condition.
In the Edit Condition dialog box, create a rule that defines next actions in the job depending on the Windows Software Update Assessment task return codes.
Configure the Where clause of the rule as follows, and then click OK:
In the first drop-down list, select Windows Software Update Assessment - Return Value.
In the second drop-down list, select the operation for the rule to perform.
For example, select Equals.
In the third field, enter the Windows Software Update Assessment task return code that is a condition for performing next actions on the task.
For example, if you enter the return code 0 or 1, the next actions in the job will occur under the following condition:
The Windows Software Update Assessment task has successfully completed assessment of all its updates, some applicable updates are detected as not installed, and (code 1) target computer restart is required.
On the job page, under the condition, add one or more tasks to run as a result of the condition.
Task failed for one of the following reasons:
Some applicable updates are not installed. Restart is required.
Updates are not applicable or already installed.
Note: To prevent double installation of updates, the return code 2 also appears if installation of an update is in progress at the time of assessment.
Updates are not applicable or already installed. Restart is required.
Note: Restart is required means that some applicable update requires restart and at the time of assessment the restart has not happened yet. After restart, the update state may change. To receive final assessment results, do restart, and then run the Windows Software Update Assessment task again.
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