Install SCUP 2011 to enable software update in SCCM 2012 from independent software vendors or line-of-business application

System Center Updates Publisher enables independent software vendors, OEMs and IT administrators to import, manage and develop software update definitions which can be deployed with System Center Configuration Manager.

Download SCUP 2011:

NOTE: SCUP 2011 is not compatible with Windows Server 2012, please check the workaround here:


System Center Updates Publisher is an application that enables independent software vendors or line-of-business application developers and IT administrators to import software update catalogs, create and modify software update definitions, export update definitions to catalogs, and publish software updates information to a configured update server. By using Updates Publisher to define software updates and publish them to the update server, administrators can begin detecting and deploying published updates with System Center Configuration Manager to client and server computers in their organization.

Feature Summary

  • Updates Publisher enables IT Administrators the ability to do the following:
    • Import software update catalogs created by non-Microsoft organizations or from within administrators organization
    • Create custom software update definitions for EXE, MSI and MSP based updates
    • Export software update catalogs that can be imported by other Update Publisher consoles
    • Manage (duplicate, delete, expire, publish) software update definitions
  • New in System Center Updates Publisher 2011
    • Improved user interface that allows better control of managing software updates
    • New “Automatic” publication type that enables Updates Publisher to decide whether to publish software updates as metadata only or full content based on Configuration Manager data
    • New Software Update Cleanup wizard which enables expiring of unreferenced software updates
    • Ability to create Software Update Bundles
    • Ability to define prerequisite updates and superseded updates as part of an software update definition

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2

  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0 (WSUS) Service Pack 2 full or Administrator Console installed
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or 2012 or 2012 SP1 or System Center Essentials 2007 or 2010 must be installed
  • Screen resolution must be at least 1024×768


  • Download and Install Application
  • Click on the SystemCenterUpdatesPublisher.msi to download
  • Run SystemCenterUpdatesPublisher.msi to install application

Note: that SCUP requires administrator rights to install and will not prompt to elevate privileges. The best way is to launch a command (cmd) prompt with “Run as Administrator” option then run the SystemCenterUpdatesPublisher.msi

Configurations to use the SCCM 2012

  • Open SCUP 2011 with administrator rights;
  • Right click on the SCUP 2011 and select Run as administrator;

  • Click Yes to continuo;

  • Open Options;

  • On Update Server option make this configurations:
    • Enable publishing to an update server;
    • Connect to a local update server and click on Test Connection;
    • Create a Signing Certificate.

  • On ConfigMgr Server option make this configurations:
    • Enable Configuration Manager integration;
    • Connect to a local Configuration Manager server (If SCCM is install in the same server) and click on Test Connection;

  • Open mmc console and Add Certificates (Computer account / Local Computer);
  • Go to WSUS / Certificates and export the Certificate

  • Right Click on the WSUS Publishers Self-signed Certificate, All Tasks and click Export…

  • Click Next;

    • Next;

    • Next;

    • Create a folder name Cer and export with the name WSUS.cer

  • Add certificate to Trusted Root Certification Authorities and to Trusted Publishers:
    • In the same folder create a install.cmd with this command lines and save

      certutil –addstore Root WSUS.cer

      certutil –addstore TrustedPublisher WSUS.cer

    • Run install.cmd with administrator rights.

  • Check if the certificate is located in the WSUS, Trusted Root Certification Authorities and Trusted Publishers Certificates in the Certificates Console.

Now you can start importing Catalogs and Publishing updates


For this example, I import the Adobe Catalogs to update the Adobe product in my infrastructure, and publish the Adobe Flash Player update, selecting Full Content, for the SCCM to manage the update correctly:

After this step, go to the SCCM console, in Sofware Library / Software Updates / All Software Updates right click and select Synchronize Software Updates. After the synchronization you will have the Adobe Flash Player update available in your SCCM.

Now you can create, as you wish, an Automatic Deployment Rules, for update you Adobe products.

More Info:

Download System Center Updates Publisher 2011:

System Center Updates Publisher:


About João Carlos Dias

Senior Consultant at InfraHouse P/S
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