About downloading and distributing software updates
You can stage software bulletins and download software update packages on the Patch Remediation Center page, where all available software updates are listed. You can also do this from any Patch Management Solution report.
When you stage a software bulletin, all associated updates are downloaded to the Notification Server computer.
When the number in the Updates column equals the number in the Downloaded column, all updates for the software bulletin have been downloaded. Also, the value in the Staged column changes to True.
You can choose to download the software update packages and distribute them at a later time. You also have an option to download and then, once the download has finished, distribute the software update to managed computers.
Sometimes not all software updates can be downloaded for a software bulletin. For example, Microsoft may stop hosting the bulletin or relocate it. You cannot create a software update policy unless all updates for a particular software bulletin or update have been downloaded.
When distributing updates, you should consider possible effects on your network environment. Symantec recommends that you distribute new updates to a test environment first.
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