On January 14, 2020, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. If you purchased their Extended Security Updates (ESU) program in order to continue patching devices running these operating systems, ZENworks Patch Management provides two deployment options:
The remainder of this article provides details for each option.
NOTE: This information assumes that you have purchased Microsoft ESU licenses for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 devices you want to patch, and that you have correctly configured the devices to support the installation of ESUs. If you have not, refer to this Microsoft article.
The ZENworks Patch Management Add-On Subscription for Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 Extended Security Updates delivers ESUs through the patch feed. Patching of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 devices continues to work the same way it did when Microsoft provided updates for these operating systems as a free service rather than as a paid service.
Here are the key things to know when considering the add-on subscription:
Contact your ZENworks Sales Representative if you are interested in the Add-On Subscription.
The custom patch functionality in ZENworks Patch Management provides the ability to distribute patches that you do not receive through the patch feed. This requires you to first use ZENworks Configuration Management to include the patch in a bundle. If you do not have ZENworks Configuration Management, this option will not work for you.
Here are detailed steps for creating a custom patch for an ESU: