System Center Updates Publisher Preview 2 is now available. In SCUP Preview 2, the update catalog format has been enhanced to provide a better experience for users when consuming large update catalogs.  Improvement include:

  • Indexing for quicker imports of previously imported catalogs – Catalog producers can now index their catalogs. This will allow users to import large catalogs containing few new updates more quickly.
  • Inclusion of signing certificates within updates catalogs – Catalog producers can now include signing certificates with their updates catalogs. This enables users to add the certificates to the trusted publishers list during import so that approval prompts will not block publish operations.

Note: While old catalog formats are still supported, catalog producers will need to add information to their existing catalogs to take advantage of these improvements.

  • Signature Timestamp – Updates published to a WSUS server will by default have the signature time-stamped. Note, this functionality requires internet access. If you have upgraded from preview 1 this will not be automatically enabled.  To enable or disable the signature timestamp or configure the timestamp server that is used see the Advanced page under Options.

Preview 2 also includes fixes for issues based on feedback submitted during the first preview.