Can we interface SCCM with Cluster Aware updating

Fawcett, John 0 Reputation points
  • Can we interface SCCM to Cluster Aware Updating so SCCM can be used for reporting/Instigating and CAU controls the patching of S2D Cluster nodes one at a time making sure S2D Storage comes into and out of Storage Maintenance Mode. These are Hyper-V Hyper-converged cluster nodes
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  1. Khaled Elsayed Mohamed 1,255 Reputation points

    Hi Fawcett, John

    Yes, you can interface Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) with Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) to facilitate reporting and initiate patching of Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) cluster nodes in a controlled manner.

    Cluster-Aware Updating is a feature of Windows Server Failover Clustering that enables automated patching of clustered nodes with minimal disruption. It ensures that the cluster remains available by orchestrating the patching process in a rolling fashion, one node at a time.

    To integrate SCCM with CAU for managing the patching of S2D cluster nodes, you can follow these general steps:

    1. Configure CAU: Set up Cluster-Aware Updating on the S2D cluster by enabling the CAU clustered role and configuring the desired update settings. This includes specifying maintenance windows, specifying update sources, and selecting the update installation options.
    2. Create SCCM packages: Create SCCM packages for the required updates, such as Windows Server updates or other software updates needed on the S2D cluster nodes. Ensure that the packages are deployed and available in SCCM.
    3. Schedule SCCM deployments: Use SCCM to schedule the deployment of the update packages to the S2D cluster nodes. Configure the deployment schedule to align with the maintenance windows defined in CAU. This allows SCCM to initiate the update installation process during the maintenance window specified by CAU.
    4. Reporting and monitoring: Leverage SCCM's reporting and monitoring capabilities to track the progress of the updates deployed to the S2D cluster nodes. SCCM can provide detailed information on the update status, compliance, and any issues encountered during the deployment process.

    By combining SCCM's reporting and deployment capabilities with CAU's controlled patching process, you can effectively manage the patching of S2D cluster nodes while ensuring minimal disruption to the cluster's availability and maintaining the integrity of the Storage Spaces Direct storage.

    Note that the exact steps and configuration details may vary based on your specific environment and versions of SCCM and Windows Server. It's recommended to consult the relevant documentation, Microsoft resources, and consider testing the integration in a non-production environment before implementing it in a live production environment.