This week I was triggered by a question on the support forum of the Configuration Manager 2012 CEP about a nice new feature in Configuration Manager 2012. With Configuration Manager 2012 you are able to service your OS Images by integrating the latest Software Updates from the Configuration Manager Console. Let’s see how this works.

When you want to update Windows 7 WIM files in an Configuration Manager 2007 environment, you need to use tools like DISM to update your images offline. In Configuration Manager 2012 a real cool new feature is there to update your WIM images in the Configuration Manager 2012 console with updates that are approved in Configuration Manager 2012. Be sure to configure the Software Update Point and Software Update Deployments.

  • Start the Configuration Manager 2012 Console and browse to your WIM image that you want to update

Select the Image and click on Schedule Updates

  • Select the image and click on Schedule Updates

Select the updates

  • Select the software updates that you want to install into the WIM image and click on Next

Select a schedule

  • Select a schedule or choose As soon as possible and click on Next twice.


Review the actions


  • After scheduling review the settings and click on Close

In Process

  • You can monitor the update process by viewing selecting the Windows 7 Enterprise object, which shows above the “In process” status. After the process is finished you can view which software updates are installed by selecting the Update Status tab like shown below. You can also monitor the process by viewing the  OfflineServicingMgr.log which is updated in the logs directory.

Installed updates

Another real nice feature that is implemented in Configuration Manager 2012 and makes the life of the Configuration Manager easier. This test is done with a standard Windows 7 WIM Image from the installation DVD and a custom Windows 7 image.

Till next time.