Upon creating an automatic Software Update strategy in your organization, you will need to configure SCCM Automatic Deployment Rules.

This blog post describes in short Automatic Deployment Rules and how these are deployed to clients in different phases.

As with everything, it is easy once you understand it.


Automatic Deployment Rules are used to automatically accomplish the following tasks:

  • Filter out Software Updates according to a set amount of criteria from the database.
  • Add the filtered out Software Updates to a Software Update Group
  • Download the Software Updates to a Deployment Package
  • Deploy the Software Update Group to a collection

As highlighted above, this blog post describes the deployment of the Software Update Groups using the Automatic Deployment Rule.

I have previously created a blog post which describes how to add multiple deployments for one Automatic Deployment Rule.


The different options that you can configure are defined by Micorosft here:

This is what the Deployment Schedule page looks like in the Create Automatic Deployment Rule Wizard:

SCCM Automatic Deployment Rules

Above we can see that Available Time is 2 days. This means that after 2 days, the Software Updates will be available in Software Center on the Client.

Installation Deadline is configured for 7 days, which means that after 2+7 days, the Software Updates will be forcefully installed on the clients.


What you should take away from this is that the deadline is the sum of Available time + Deadline time.

I hope this short explanation can help someone!