Setting software deadline behaviour – SCCM Clients

Had a requirement recently to control how the SCCM client handles software updates and other deployments at deadline time… Its often hard to strike a balance between efficient patching, and keeping users happy with minimal popups, notifications and restarts etc.

I tend to lean towards the ruthless approach where possible, so I have configured WSUS updates to deploy with a deadline… This however causes some problems with laptop users who like to show off their PowerPoint skills in boardrooms without interruption.

A good way to prevent this is to utilise “Presentation mode” state within the SCCM client… this will prevent unwanted interruptions during this time:


Again this is something that can be set by the user, however it can also be scripted using powershell:



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