Windows Update for Business reports prerequisites

(Applies to: Windows 11 & Windows 10)

Before you begin the process of adding Windows Update for Business reports to your Azure subscription, ensure you meet the prerequisites.

Azure and Azure Active Directory

Permissions

To enroll into Windows Update for Business reports, edit configuration settings, display and edit the workbook, and view the Windows tab in the Software Updates page from the Microsoft 365 admin center use one of the following roles:

To display the workbook and view the Windows tab in the Software Updates page Microsoft 365 admin center use the following role:

Log Analytics permissions:

Operating systems and editions

Windows Update for Business reports only provides data for the standard Desktop Windows client version and isn't currently compatible with Windows Server, Surface Hub, IoT, or other versions.

Windows client servicing channels

Windows Update for Business reports supports Windows client devices on the following channels:

  • General Availability Channel
  • Windows Update for Business reports counts Windows Insider Preview devices, but doesn't currently provide detailed deployment insights for them.

Diagnostic data requirements

At minimum, Windows Update for Business reports requires devices to send diagnostic data at the Required level (previously Basic). Some queries in Windows Update for Business reports require devices to send diagnostic data at the following levels:

  • Optional level (previously Full) for Windows 11 devices

  • Enhanced level for Windows 10 devices

    Note

    Device names don't appear in Windows Update for Business reports unless you individually opt-in devices by using policy. The configuration script does this for you, but when using other client configuration methods, set one of the following to display device names:

    • CSP: System/AllowDeviceNameInDiagnosticData
    • Group Policy: Allow device name to be sent in Windows diagnostic data under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Data Collection and Preview Builds

For more information about what's included in different diagnostic levels, see Diagnostics, feedback, and privacy in Windows.

Data transmission requirements

Devices must be able to contact the following endpoints in order to authenticate and send diagnostic data:

Endpoint Function
https://v10c.events.data.microsoft.com Connected User Experience and Diagnostic component endpoint for Windows 10, version 1803 and later. DeviceCensus.exe must run on a regular cadence and contact this endpoint in order to receive most information for Windows Update for Business reports.
https://v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com Connected User Experience and Diagnostic component endpoint for Windows 10, version 1709 or earlier.
https://settings-win.data.microsoft.com Required for Windows Update functionality.
https://adl.windows.com Required for Windows Update functionality.
https://watson.telemetry.microsoft.com Windows Error Reporting (WER), used to provide more advanced error reporting if certain Feature Update deployment failures occur.
https://oca.telemetry.microsoft.com Online Crash Analysis, used to provide device-specific recommendations and detailed errors if there are certain crashes.
https://login.live.com This endpoint facilitates your Microsoft account access and is required to create the primary identifier we use for devices. Without this service, devices won't be visible in the solution. The Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant service must also be running (wlidsvc).

Note

Enrolling into Windows Update for Business reports from the Azure CLI or enrolling programmatically another way currently isn't supported. You must manually add Windows Update for Business reports to your Azure subscription.

Log Analytics regions

Windows Update for Business reports can use a Log Analytics workspace in the following regions:

Compatible Log Analytics regions
Australia Central
Australia East
Australia Southeast
Brazil South
Canada Central
Central India
Central US
East Asia
East US
East US 2
Eastus2euap(canary)
France Central
Japan East
Korea Central
North Central US
North Europe
South Africa North
South Central US
Southeast Asia
Switzerland North
Switzerland West
UK West
UK south
West Central US
West Europe
West US
West US 2

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