We have Meraki MDM and i am wanting to know if we can use this tool to automate the deployment of Windows OS updates. We currently use a patch management tool and want to replace that tool with this one
Any help you can provide would be great
I use JumpCloud for user / group / computer / policy management. They also offer RADIUS.
I wish Meraki or Cisco would buy then and roll those features into SM!
Hi @Jeff_burns ,
Once you learn Microsoft SCCM you will never go back to using any third party to manage windows updates. It was one of those rare products that I would say gives you back a 5:1 (in its first year of adoption) in time spent learning vs time saved. Microsoft gave up with Mobiles due to having a low market share and left it to Apple/Android of which Meraki support both.
December 2019 however, it got put under the Endpoint Manager suite.
The page I wanted to link at this point unfortunately takes you to a competitor product for Meraki SM, so I will link the actual tool called "Microsoft Endpoint: Configuration Manager": https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/
Most reference documentation will be MS SCCM (Pre 2020) and to avoid to confusion try to focus on materiel that only talks about MS Endpoint Configuration Manager.
I hope that helps.
I am also looking for a way to accomplish this and REALLY am hoping it will be incorporated in a subsequent build. Curious, given that the command prompt feature is available and that wuauclt /detectnow could be launched using this feature, if there might be a way to deploy a batch script/process using Meraki to one or all Windows devices within a network.
I looked into JumpCloud and it looks like it leverages an open source system called Chocolately. Was just wondering if you had run into any associated security concerns with this approach.
I do not use Jump Cloud or Chocolatey to install applications. I just JumpCloud to push policies (Windows Update for instance), RADIUS for VPN and WiFi, and user and computer management.
Yes and No.
What you want is here, albeit lightly documented; https://documentation.meraki.com/SM/Apps_and_Software/Deploying_Scripts_in_Systems_Manager_using_Sof...
I would highly recommend learning PowerShell. PowerShell is "god mode" for windows and once you learn it, you will find you might not need tool a,b,c,d,e or f. Every environment I was walked in to historically I have stripped out third party tools that cost money and used this native tool.