We are excited to announce that the Update Baseline is now a part of the Security Compliance Toolkit! If you're not yet familiar with this great tool, the Update Baseline offers Microsoft’s set of recommended policy configurations for Windows Updates to help you:
The Update Baseline includes Windows Update policies as well as power and Delivery Optimization policies—all designed to streamline the update process, improve patch compliance, and help ensure your devices stay secure. In fact, devices that are configured using the Update Baseline reach, on average, a compliance rate between 80-90% within 28 days.
For Windows Update policies, the Update Baseline offers recommendations around:
If you manage your devices via Group Policy, you can apply the Update Baseline using the familiar Security Compliance Toolkit framework. With a single PowerShell command, the Update Baseline Group Policy Object (GPO) can be loaded into Group Policy Management Center (GPMC) as shown below:
That’s it! Simple and easy.
Download the updated Security Compliance Toolkit today to start applying security configuration baselines for Windows and other Microsoft products.
I also encourage you to learn more about common policy configuration mistakes for managing Windows updates and what you can do to avoid them to improve update adoption and provide a great user experience.
Other cool tidbits? The Update Baseline will continue to be updated and improved as needed, and an Intune solution to apply the Update Baseline is coming soon! Let us know your thoughts and leave a comment below.
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