Microsoft releases Virtual Machine Serviceing Tool for offline patch management

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Microsoft is extending the functionality of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) by delivering a connector called Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) for Hyper-V. VMST 3.0 adds powerful new features designed to streamline the process of keeping your offline virtual machines, templates and VHDs up-to-date with the latest operating system and application updates.

Some of the new features of VMST 3.0 include:

  • Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.
  • Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.
  • Virtual machine templates.
  • Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 fail-over clusters running Hyper-V.

VMST 3.0 is designed to work with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 or SCVMM 2008 R2, and with the following technologies:

  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP1 or WSUS 3.0 SP2.
  • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 SP1, SCCM 2007 R2, or SCCM 2007 SP2.
  • VMST 3.0 also provides the option to manually copy updates to service offline VHDs.
  • The tool works with Windows Task Scheduler to enable scheduling the servicing job.

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