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Retiring old Patches

I am a couple of systems away from having my entire organization switched over to Windows 10 and I was wondering if there was a way to retire/cleanup the old patches from Windows 7 systems. I know that over time they are supposed to automatically clean themselves up, but since we've been using ZCM for longer than Win7 SP1 has been around I'd like to try to reclaim free space on the server sooner rather than later.

In the past I typically slipstreamed updates to my Win7 ISO and rebuilt my image once a year, but I notice that when I occasionally manually rebuilt a machine and grabbed the wrong ISO that ZCM would already have all of the patches queued up and ready to deploy. Those are what I'm hoping to get off of the server. Thanks!
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Re: Retiring old Patches


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Re: Retiring old Patches

Looking at ZCM 2017, Update 1, in the Configuration > Patch Management > Subscription Service Content Download page, down near the bottom, there's a section for Patch Content Cleanup that cleans up content for disabled patches; the setting defaults to three months old. The key to making that work would be to go in and disable anything you'd like to see disappear. Given what you describe if you went back to the middle of last year and disabled everything older, you'd leave yourself a safety margin and clean up a lot fairly quickly.

Right above that on the same page is a matrix that allows you to determine when patches are disabled automatically so you don't have to go in and do it by hand. These are recently added features to help keep the content-repo under control.

Bruce McDowell Technical Services Consultant, McDowell Consulting LLC
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