MC536785 – New Features in Windows Autopatch Public Preview

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check before: 2023-04-17


Azure Active Directory, Intune, Microsoft 365 admin center, Microsoft 365 Groups


World tenant, Windows Desktop, Online


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Admin impact



To provide IT admins the ability to customize Windows feature and quality updates in line with existing organizational structures and business goals, Windows Autopatch is releasing, in public preview, a new feature set to meet customers where they are at in their update management journey.

When will this happen:
The public preview begins May 1, 2023.

How will this affect your organization:
On May 1, Windows Autopatch will give you the choice to leverage the following new capabilities:

Windows Autopatch Groups: Enables you to use your existing Azure AD device-based groups to set up your own distinct sets of deployment rings, and subsequently your own deployment cadence for Windows quality and feature updates.
Windows feature updates release management: Provides a new release management experience that allows you to leverage Windows Autopatch Groups and its deployment rings when creating new Windows feature update deployments within your organization.
Windows quality updates granular controls: Enables you to customize Windows quality update deployment cadence for each deployment ring per your business and organizational needs. You can control and customize the deferral, deadline, and grace period for Windows quality update deployments or can schedule the Windows Update installation at specific times to reduce enforced restarts and minimize interruptions to critical business activities.
Reporting: Refresh of our existing reporting for quality updates, and introduction of new reporting for feature updates. The new reporting will provide insight into update compliance, deployment status and update failures.
Policy health and remediation: With this feature, you can initiate actions for the Autopatch service to restore policies and restore deployment rings, both can be initiated without having to raise an incident. You can also rename Autopatch policies to meet your organization’s requirements. Alerts are now shown in line with the features you commonly use:
Windows Update related alerts are in the Release management blade.
Device configuration alerts are in the Tenant management > Alert actions tab.

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