First SMS/SCCM project was a centralized SMS 2.0 Beta/RTM site used to manage small business customers,the objective was to convert ad-hoc onsite support into a centralized subscription based outsourcing model, this setup would be called a Cloud today.Current Microsoft Configuration Manager experience includes: Consulting, design, implementation, training and 3rd level support in small, medium and large global infrastructures, including GxP regulated environments.Previous experience covers PC and mid range server management, products like InfoShare, S/36, AS/400, PCLan, Novell and later Microsoft.
Uptate lists are nice to have but I wish the query engine behind Update Search Folders were more useful, a very common task is to create an update list from a Reference system but there seems to be no easy way of doing that. WQL would be a nice option here.
One solution is to run this brilliant PowerShell script made by Joachim http://cid-dc43b6dbf64a5be0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DC43B6DBF64A5BE0!113.entry
But I wanted it to be even easier than that so I modified the console to add a Right-Click option.
UpdateActions.XML:<ActionDescription Class="Group" DisplayName="Update Actions" MnemonicDisplayName="Client Actions" Description="Update Actions" SqmDataPoint="53">
<ActionDescription Class="Executable" DisplayName="Create Update List from a Ref. system" MnemonicDisplayName="Mnemonic" Description="Mnemonic Description">
<Parameters>Create-UpdateList.ps1 -ReferenceClient ##SUB:Name## -UpdateListName Ref-##SUB:Name##</Parameters>
Now you can just Right Click the Reference system, select the new action to create a Update List with all fixes applicable to that system, then you can use drag-and-drop into the Update List you are using to generate or maintain a deployment.
Very nice :-)