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Is EBS Compatible with Microsoft Windows' New Supersedence Approach?

Steven Chan
Senior Director

Microsoft recently announced a change in how they handle the supersedence behaviour for several Windows releases prior to Windows 10.  Affected releases are:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Supersedence

Microsoft states:

The new supersedence behaviour allows organisations managing updates via WSUS or Configuration Manager to:

  • Selectively install Security Only Quality Updates (bundled by Month) at any time
  • Periodically deploy the Security Monthly Quality Rollup and only deploy the Security Only Quality Updates since then, and;
  • More easily monitor software update compliance using Configuration Manager or WSUS.

Does this affect EBS certifications?

No.  This new behaviour has no impact on EBS certifications with Windows desktop clients.  All current and future EBS desktop client certifications are expected to work with this new supersedence model for Windows security updates.

EBS customers do not have to wait for new certification announcements before rolling out security updates under this new supersedence model to their end-user desktop clients.

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