Microsoft is launching the general availability of Windows Update for Business reports, a new tool that the Redmond, Wash. tech giant says combines organizational and device-level reporting with actionable data and insights.
The company calls Windows Update for Business reports an “evolution” of Update Compliance, and is essentially a rebrand that brings clarity to purpose. Last month, Microsoft announced the preview of the reporting tool, saying that recently launched Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance will be rebranded as Windows Update for Business reports this month.
The new experiences includes reports on quality and feature updates that monitor updates across all devices, including both quality and feature updates as well as delivery optimization to help save bandwidth across all content-types.
Admins can access Windows Update for Business reports from the Insights Hub in the Azure portal. Powered by Azure Workbooks, Azured Insights provides admins with a monitoring view for their Azure resources. Windows Update for Business reports will be found under “Other.”
According to Microsoft, this allows admins to see the update status and device status in both the feature update and quality update reports. The update-status view can be used to track the progress of targeted updates, including those managed by Window’s Update for Business.
The device-status view can be used to see how devices are configured and target specific devise that aren’t updating due to an issue flagged with an alert, the company says.
Microsoft says it has improved the alerting experience throughout the report, including more call-to-action alerts and recommendations on how to resolve update installation issues.
Admins can enroll their tenant once they meet prerequisites, including singing up for Azure Active Directory and configuring devices to send diagnostic data to Microsoft for use with Windows Update for Business reports.
Update Compliance users will see the same legacy experience or a limited time, and then a full transition will be made, the company says, adding that it is no longer accepting new enrollments for the Update Compliance solution.
On November 30th, Update Compliance will no longer be available for download in the Azure marketplace. On the same date, the ability to re-generate a CommercialID for existing deployments will be disabled.
Update Compliance users will need to enroll in Windows Update for Business reports by Jan. 15, 2023. Only Azure AD joined or hybrid-joined devices will be supported from that point, the company says. Support for the legacy Update Compliance experience will end on March 31, 2023.
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