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In Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2016 (Build 1606), there is a pre-release feature for collections called Server Groups which allows for cluster aware updating. When deploying software updates for this feature to work (and prevent a cluster from going down), is it necessary to create deployments for each Server Group collection individually, or would it be possible to create a collection of Server Group collections, and have the software update deployments target the collection of Server Group collections?

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  • Hi! There is no SCCM 2016, as it's on a quarterly release cadance now. Can you clarify what build you are on, as it may influence the answer? For example: SCCM 1511 or SCCM 1602. – MDMarra Oct 21 '16 at 22:29
  • I just called it what it is on MSDN (msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/securedownloads/…). Technically I suppose it is on the one product in SC 2016 which doesnt have a year in its name. Anyways it is SCCM build 1606. – Muh Fugen Oct 21 '16 at 22:33
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The build 1606 is called System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch) 1606.

There were some issues so it's now been moved to pre-release status. (You can see features on the Administration - Cloud Services - Updates and Servicing - Features. If it's not enabled and you want to enable it, be sure in Hierarchy Settings, 'Consent to use Pre-release features' is enabled before you enable the feature )

The Server Group Settings are configured in the properties of a device collection. You can put your 'desired' systems (what ever cluster or normal systems) in a device collection and then configure server group settings on this device collection.

The software update deployment is using the typical deployment process. The Server Group configuration adds functions that you can control:

  • Allow a percentage of machines to be updated at the same time
  • Allow a number of machines to be updated at the same time
  • Specify the maintenance sequence (ordering)
  • Configure PowerShell scripts to run custom actions before and after your deployments.

In case that you have got a collection with child collections, the settings of a parent collection is separated and has nothing to do with a child collection configuration. The parent collection just read the memberships of a child collection, not the other configuration.

As I said, as long as all your desired system is member of the collection, you can do the configuration.

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  • My question was wether or not a parent collection of collections honor the Server Group settings of the child collections. Could you address that? – Muh Fugen Oct 23 '16 at 4:00
  • No. it doesn't. The settings of a parent collection is separated and has nothing to do with a child collection configuration. In your case, the parent collection just read the memberships of a child collection, not the other configuration. – Bifeng Dong - MSFT Oct 23 '16 at 5:53
  • Thank you. You should add this to your answer, and it was what my question was about. – Muh Fugen Oct 25 '16 at 1:55

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