Windows update mechanism changes in the recent past are most confusing for me. I don’t think anyone is very clear about Microsoft’s strategy for Windows 10 updates.
In this post, I will share some tips about service Stack Updates, Windows Update Client, etc. (SSU WUA WaaS UUP).
12th Nov 2019 – You will get Windows 10 1909 as part of patch Tuesday. More details about Windows 10 1909 Deployment Enhancement Enablement Package.
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I’m sure you might be wondering about the difference between SSU, WUA, UUP, and CU updates apart from Windows 10 feature updates.
Another confusing terminology in Windows Updates world is WaaS. More details about WaaS are also available in the below section of the post.
More Detailed Community Discussions on SSU, CU, & UUP Windows Updates Discussion
- SSU – Service Stack Update. These are Critical updates.
- WUA – Windows Update Agent/Windows Update Client
- CU – Cumulative Update
- UUP – Unified Update Platform (limited preview)/Express Content
Let’s see more details about SSU WUA, UUP, and CU.
WUA (Windows Update Agent)
Data Point #1 – The WUA is a subset of the SSU. (Thanks to Bryan, check the link to the post below). SSU is designed to update the Windows updating software itself.
More details on SSU and WUA – Excellent Post from Bryan Dam
SSU (Service Stack Update)
Data Point #2 – The SSU updates WUA, and all things around servicing changes to the Windows endpoint. (Thanks to Jay for the clear explanation)
NOTE! – SSU & LCU are part of the Windows Cumulative update. I will share more details in the future post about the Windows update.
Data Point #3 – SSUs are considered a pre-requisite and recommended (even if not enforced via metadata on newer Windows 10 versions) before installing CUs. More Details from Microsoft Documentation.
UUP (Unified Update Platform)
Data Point #4 – UUP shall help to simplify all the above complex scenarios, or is it more to do with the “Delivery mechanism” overall Windows update experience? More details about UUP. Microsoft is still working to improve the UUP experience with some customers as per the KB article 4512745.
NOTE! – Unified update platform (UUP) – This is one shop stop for all your Windows Update content. It’s available for Windows Business for Update (Intune). It is coming soon for SCCM and WSUS.
Data Point #6 – Install a Windows 10 SSU before the LCU using SCCM, an excellent post by MVP colleague Mike.
Service Stack Updates – SSU Troubleshooting
Do you want to track more details about SSU? The following log shall provide insight on the update installation part in the servicing stack.
Keep Track of SSU
You can keep track of the latest version of Service Stack Update (SSU) – https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/ADV990001
WaaS for SCCM & Intune Admins
Maurice Daly & Paul Winstanley (MVP Colleagues) produced an excellent Windows as a Service technical ebook report. This eBook is targeted explicitly at Microsoft SCCM and Intune administrators.
This report (eBook?) aims to help you plan and implement ways to make your life a lot easier—year after year.
- On-demand webinar: http://www2.adaptiva.com/report/waas-for-admins
- WaaS Report: http://www2.adaptiva.com/downloads/webinar/2019-10-22/waas-for-smarties
- Windows Update Architecture – Microsoft Documentation
- Unified Update Platform (UUP) architecture – Microsoft Documentation
- Windows Update log files – Microsoft Documentation