I have explained third-party software updates setup in the previous post. I would recommend reading third-party patching setup guide. In this post, I will provide you a list of free third-party software update catalogs (Free SCCM Catalogs).
***Updated Post on 20th June 2019
Partner Catalogs Vs. Custom Catalogs
There are two types of catalogs in SCCM third-party software updates. The partner catalogs are free third-party software update catalogs which are out of the box available in SCCM console. The list of free SCCM catalogs in the below section of this post.
- Partner catalogs are third-party application vendor catalogs already registered with Microsoft. It comes with SCCM license (no extra license cost).
- Custom Catalogs are third-party application catalogs which you can add manually to SCCM console. You can find more detail in the below section.
NOTE 1 – SCCM Third-Party Software Updates introduced new version of catalog CAB file. The new version includes the certificates for the vendor’s binary files.
NOTE 2 – SCCM Third-Party Software Update feature supports (backport) the use of older version of catalog CAB file (custom catalogs). Hence, you can still use the the vendor CAB files which are there in the SCUP.
Partner Catalogs – Third-Party Updates
SCCM partner catalogs are free service provided by Microsoft in collaboration with third-party software vendors. There is no additional license cost to subscribe partner catalog in SCCM. More details about free SCCM catalogs in the below section.
Download URL for Microsoft partner CAB file - https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=874591
You need to enable third-party software updates to make default partner catalogs available in SCCM console. There are two(2) partner catalogs available with SCCM 1903 preview version.
The following is the updated list of Partner Catalogs.
- HP – HP Client Updates Catalog
- Dell – Dell Business Client Updates Catalog
- Lenovo (1906 onwards)
- More list coming soon
Free Custom Catalogs – Third-Party Updates
Most of the third-party applications are not providing free update catalogs for their applications. You can change this practice in the IT industry if you force vendors to offer free application update catalogs as part of the license cost you pay.
Adobe is one of the vendors who provide free third-party software update catalogs. You can find the free update catalogs available in the market from the following list. More details about the free SCCM catalogs for SCCM Third-Party Software Updates are in below table.
List of Free SCCM Catalogs & Download URLs
The list of catalogs and download URLs get you to start the journey of SCCM third-party patching. I’ve checked all these URLs, and all are working while I’m writing this post.
NOTE! – Most of the following catalogs might move to partner catalogs in the future versions of SCCM 1906 or 1910.
Update (14 May 2019) – I got a feedback from Jonathan on Twitter and he provided useful links for Adobe products.
|Adobe Reader X||https://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Reader10_Catalog.cab|
|Adobe Reader 11||https://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Reader11_Catalog.cab|
|Adobe Acrobat X||https://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Acrobat10_Catalog.cab|
|Adobe Acrobat 11||https://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Acrobat11_Catalog.cab|
|HP ProLiant Catalogue||http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software/sms_catalog/HpCatalogForSms.latest.cab|
|HP Enterprise Client Update||https://downloads.hpe.com/pub/softlib/puc/hppuc.cab|
|Dell Server Updates||ftp://ftp.dell.com/catalog/DellSDPCatalog.cab|
|Dell Business Client Update||https://downloads.dell.com/Catalog/DellSDPCatalogPC.cab|
I created the above list of custom catalogs and download URLs from the SCUP 2017 preview out of box publishers details. The details are shown in the following picture.
SCCM Third-Party Catalogs
Do you still require to purchase SCCM third-party catalogs? Yes, I think, 99% of the applications are not covered in free SCCM catalogs. Hence you might still need to purchase an SCCM third-party custom catalog.
As you can see in the above list, there are only very few free update catalogs. But, you need to patch all your applications.
There are three(3) oblivious options while you build the third-party software update strategy.
My preferred option is to continue with the existing process. Also, start the study to move towards the second option from the below list.
- Continue with the existing process (internal packaging).
- Purchase custom catalogs from third-party update catalog vendors. The list of vendors is below. Most of these vendors provide updates for 250+ applications.
- Wait for the update of out of box partner catalogs in SCCM. Most likely, this is not going to happen in another 5-10 years 🙂
There are many SCCM custom catalog vendors are available to extend the SCCM third-party software updates and patch more than 250+ applications. However, they charge you extra license fees for each device which you patch using their third-party update catalog.
Vendors Provide Custom Catalog
The following are the two vendors provide custom catalog to support more third-party product updates with new SCCM third-party updates feature.
Vendors work with Extra SCCM Plugin
The following vendors don’t use the new SCCM third-party patching feature with custom catalog option. I didn’t hear back anything about their future plans till now.
- Solarwinds (Extra Agent Required? I don’t think so. But, it requires Solarwinds extra SCCM plugin to be installed with SCCM console)
- ivanti (Agent Less. But, it requires an extra SCCM plugin – More details here)
- Centero Software Manger
- Free Catalog List – SCCM Third-Party Updates Post 2
- SCCM Third-Party Updates Step by Step Background Process Guide Post 3
- Monitor software updates
- Enable third-party updates SCCM 1902
- How to Install, Configure and Integrate with SCUP 2017 with SCCM
- How to Publish 3rd Party Abode Acrobat Patches via SCCM SCUP 2017
The following log file(SMS_ISVUPDATES_SYNCAGENT.log) entries are created when you enable third-party software updates from SCCM.
UnSubscribed from Registry Hive: LocalMachine, KeyPath: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\WSUS, FilterType: ValueChange, WatchSubTree: False
Information: Successfully subscribed listener to registry key.
Settings: Third party updates are not enabled, component is inactive.
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Downloading partner catalogs list from 'https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=874591'…
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Download of partner catalogs list completed successfully.
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Extracted catalogs list.
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Parsing the partner catalogs list and updating the database.
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Catalog 'HP Client Updates Catalog' was not found, adding.
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Catalog 'Dell Business Client Updates Catalog' was not found, adding.
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Successfully updated the list of partner catalogs
SyncPartnerCatalogs: Completed update of catalogs list.