10-22-2014 2-09-30 PM

Hello! My name is Adam and I started my career in IT in 2008 at the age of 20. I spent 2 years doing help desk related jobs then moved into a hybrid sys admin / help desk role for a year. I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in IT/Business. For the last 5 years I have been a systems administrator focusing on Windows Servers, Active Directory, SCCM 2012, VMware, PowerShell, and anything related.

Over the last 8 years I have relied heavily on the online community when I get stuck. I can’t tell you how many times I have stumbled across a random forum or blog post that has helped me tremendously. I’ve decided it is time for me to start giving back. I frequent the Microsoft Technet forums but that is not enough – that’s why I started this blog. The sole intent of this blog is to share knowledge as others have shared with me.

I tend to document everything as it is, so I figured why not share it with my fellow IT workers? I hope you find something useful on here. If you do, please take a moment and leave me a comment. If you find typo’s or errors – I appreciate the feedback as well.









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  1. I saw your post about deadlines, randomization, and maintenance windows.

    So if I read it correctly, since the randomization deadline was missed, do all the machines all run the patches at the same time during the maintenance window since they missed the original deadline? In a perfect world they would realize they missed the deadline, run it during the maintenance windows but honor the deadline randomization. It sounds to me that when the maintenance window opens up it totally ignores the deadline randomization?

    I appreciate the help on this.


    • My anticipations were like yours, I expected the machines to honor the randomization but during the MWs. What I found in my testing was that none of my machines would patch during the MW. At the least, I would have expected them to all patch at the same time during the start of the MW like you said. I would recommend testing this in your environment as well.

      What I ended up doing was abandoning this idea altogether and went with what was suggested in a thread I started before the one you linked me to above – which was a more granular approach. I left deadline randomization disabled and created collections that corresponded with hourly maintenance windows. I made the collections query based and linked them to AD security groups so all I have to do is add the computer object to the appropriate AD group and it will eventually get its maintenance window assigned.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. If you decide to take the more granular (but controlled) approach, be sure to check out my gotchas

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