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Windows Updates and Store apps?

I have several teachers that are starting to use OneNote in class. The recent announcement from Microsoft's OneNote Team indicates that the desktop apps is being shelved in favor of the Windows App. The reading I have done so far gives a few hiccups with how I deploy updates. The Windows Update and Windows Store options need to be running in order to keep the OneNote Windows App updated. I had in the past turned off those options, including turning off the service for Windows Update.

Has anyone setup this function so that store apps can be updated as need be and still have ZPM control the Windows Patch setup? I have had more and more request for Windows 10 store apps and have always said no but starting next year I think the district is moving more and more to providing them as the teacher request them.

Thanks for the help

Richard
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farmers_LSD
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Re: Windows Updates and Store apps?

I would like an answer to this, as well. What are the plans to support installing Windows Store apps, or how should this be handled, otherwise? Debating on SCCM/Intune down the road.
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Re: Windows Updates and Store apps?

There should not need to be any need to fully disable Windows Update to use ZPM.
There are Windows Update Configuration Settings that control when patches and updates ship.
The other products would fully depend upon Windows Update to patch...which ZPM does not.

i do realize why folks have Disabled Windows Update Service....There have been significant "Issues" with the Windows Update Service that has been nailing WSUS customers for years where Systems have been upgrading via the Internet despite having WSUS configured and telling systems to not do this. There are quite a few blogs that detail the ever changing behavior for Windows in this regard after every major update. The most recent updates have significantly scaled back the behavior where the Windows Update Service would ignore the locally configured settings and update any way. Windows 1709 and later tend to be fairly reliable......but any issues would be seen no less with any solution that relies upon the Windows Update Service and would be seen more. All the same configuration options for delivering updates used for WSUS can basically be used with ZPM to control your updates.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/swisspfe/2018/04/13/win10-updates-store-gpos-dualscandisabled-sup-wsus/ has some good info that details how to configure different GPO settings to avoid double updates.

There are also ways to deploy Store apps and updates offline.
These methods could allow you to keep the services disabled except for the brief moment of installing or updating such apps offline to maximum security against a Rogue Windows Update....which are common in pure MS Environments.
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Re: Windows Updates and Store apps?

Note: While it is not directly related to Patch....ZCM 2017 Update 3 (Early Adopters Deploying Starting Today) will start introducing some support for "Intune", though it will be more focused towards Mobile Devices."Update 4" will be a Media release and likely Termed "ZCM

Update 4 will be a Major/Media Release and likely be termed "ZENworks 2019".
Windows 10 Store Support and similar items are on the Roadmap, but I'm not precisely sure when.
That will likely come more into focus for me personally after Update 3 if released to the General Public....since I'm personally more focused on working with Update 3.

Only then will I begin looking forward to what Development and Product Management has in store for this very major release.
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xvastx
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I can sympathise with your Microsoft Store troubles. Since we have the Store disabled for our users, the inbuilt apps (photo/calculator etc ...) don't update. Since we wouldn't want every machine to update themselves in any case (photo app is 300+ MB on its own), I've been forced to have a machine setup with which I use Fiddler when doing a Store update on it to extract all the .appxbundle links, which then let me deploy the Store app updates appropriately bandwidth-wise.

Microsoft really dropped the ball by not integrating at least their own Store apps with WSUS. G'ah.
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rhuhman1 Absent Member.
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xvastx,
Thanks for the information. I will try this out and see if this will at least solve my current problem.

Richard
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