How to Install Configuration Manager Clients by Using Software Update-Based Installation?

Software update-based client installation publishes the SCCM client to a software update point as an additional software update. To use this method, you will also need to configure a GPO to point all your clients to the SUP Server. If they don’t have the SCCM client, they will automatically download and install it.

Open the SCCM console and go to:

  • Administration
  • Site Configuration
  • Sites

In the Sites list, select the site you want to configure:

  • Settings
  • Client Installation Settings
  • Software Update-Based Client Installation


Select Enable software update-based client installation to enable this client installation method:


Now you must configure the GPO. Open the GPMC Editor and create a new GPO. Next, go to:

  • Computer Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Windows Components
  • Windows Update

Select Specify intranet Microsoft update service location settings, and then click Enabled.


Specify the name of the software update point server that you want to use and the port number. To determine these settings, check this guide.

Now just have to assign this GPO to the machines for which you want to install the SCCM client.


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I work as an IT Production Manager, based in Paris (France) with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 10 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers", "Administering & Deploying SCCM", and CheckPoint CCSA certified.