What’s new in Windows Autopatch: June 2024
Published Jun 13 2024 11:06 AM 3,597 Views
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Get ready for the latest and greatest additions to Windows Autopatch, including the public preview of alerts for policy conflicts! Read on for an inside scoop on how Windows feature update and reliability reports can help you stay on top of update compliance targets for your devices.

Alerts for Windows Autopatch policy conflicts (preview)

The newest enhancement to update reports allows you to see which, if any, devices are flagged with conflicting policies. In this preview, IT admins have on-demand access to:

  1. A detailed view of affected devices
  2. A list view of all Windows Autopatch policies that conflict with other device policies in the tenant
  3. A summary view of conflicting policies, affected devices, and open alerts
  4. Alerts that include details of conflicting policies along with their settings and the Microsoft Entra ID groups to which they are assigned

Policies are continuously monitored by Windows Autopatch. When a policy in your tenant is found to be missing, or a modification to a policy affects services, Windows Autopatch will raise alerts. Detailed recommendations about actions that can be taken to help ensure the healthy operation of the service are provided along with the alerts. Alerts will remain in view until they are (manually) resolved.

If devices are flagged, the issues can be actioned within a new blade titled 'Policy health,' which is located within the Windows Autopatch blade of Microsoft Intune. Windows Autopatch uses Microsoft Intune policies to set configurations and deliver services. IT admins must respond to service-generated alerts to ensure Autopatch services can be delivered, and service-managed devices remain eligible for the service.

Screenshot of the preview of the new policy health experience in the Intune admin center.Screenshot of the preview of the new policy health experience in the Intune admin center.

Screenshot of the preview of policy health conflict reporting and alert details in the Intune admin center, which include recommended actions for alerts.Screenshot of the preview of policy health conflict reporting and alert details in the Intune admin center, which include recommended actions for alerts.

If you have questions or concerns, or need assistance with your policy conflicts, please file a service request by visiting the Microsoft Intune admin center.

Post-update reliability report (public preview)

Managing Windows updates just got easier with another, recently released Windows Autopatch feature: the reliability report. This report provides details to help you improve the reliability of your devices after each update cycle. By tracking update performance over time, the report helps you easily compare the reliability of your devices with earlier cycles so you can see how well updates are performing on your devices and find any patterns or anomalies.

The report also includes a composite device health score that reflects the overall health and performance of your devices based on factors such as crashes, errors, slowdowns, battery life, disk space, and more. Easily troubleshoot any issues with measures of stop code errors on managed devices for each update cycle and device-specific scores on modules associated with the stop codes.

  • Device update score: Reflects how well your devices are updating, based on factors including update status, compliance, duration, and failures.
  • Device reliability score: Reflects how reliable your devices are after each update cycle, based on the number and severity of stop code errors.
  • Device reliability breakdown: A table shows date, time, module, driver, and more for each stop code error.

You can also compare scores at the service level against other Windows Autopatch customers.

To view the reliability report, go to the Microsoft Intune admin center and navigate to Reports > Windows Autopatch > Windows quality updates. Select the Reports tab, then Reliability report.

Screenshot of a sample post-update reliability report for a Windows quality update that includes an overall score, the number of devices affected, and a list of common issues by module name.Screenshot of a sample post-update reliability report for a Windows quality update that includes an overall score, the number of devices affected, and a list of common issues by module name.

Screenshot of a sample line graph from the reliability report showing trends over time.Screenshot of a sample line graph from the reliability report showing trends over time.

To learn more about post-update reliability reporting in Windows Autopatch, see our Reliability report (public preview) documentation.

Conclusion

The ideas behind these new features originated from conversations, input, and requests from you, our customers. We are excited to announce these enhancements and hope the new capabilities in Windows Autopatch will help you keep your devices secure and up to date with less hassle and more control. We understand the challenges you face as an IT professional in a large enterprise, and we're committed to making your experience a positive one with more efficient solutions for update management.

If you want to find out more about Windows Autopatch, please visit the Windows Autopatch website, read our documentation, or watch our guided demos. If you want to try Windows Autopatch for yourself, you can sign up for a free trial or contact us for a demo.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can continue to make Windows Autopatch even better for you. Please share your thoughts and ideas below or via the Windows Autopatch community. Thank you for choosing Windows Autopatch. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements!


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