Microsoft releases Patches every month on Second Tuesday, some of this patches will supersede the previous updates which can be deleted from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Deployment. This will help in keeping the Patch Package size small which in turn will take less time to get replication to the Distribution Points (DPs) and save the Space on all Servers.
Following steps are to be followed for cleaning up this updates
Steps I: Delete the Updates from the Deployment
In the Deployment, check for the grayed out updates and see if they are superseded by any new released Updates (Patches with Bulletin IDs like MS08-072 is superseding MS08-008)
Note : Updates superseded by Service Packs Should not be deleted unless if the Services Pack is installed on all the machines present in the Environment.
Navigate to the Deployment Management in CM07 Console.
Ex: 2008 BaseLine Security Updates Part 1
Open System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Console à Computer Management à Software Updates à Deployment Management à
Select the Bulletin IDs to delete as per the criteria described above .
Multiple Bulleting IDs can be deleted at a time by holding CTRL key
Note: Please make a Note of Number of Updates are selected for deleting
Steps 2: Delete the above Updates from Deployment Package
Note Down the size of the package before starting the following process
Example: 2008 BaseLine Security Updates Part 1
Navigate to Deployment packages Expand Package “2008 2008 BaseLine Security Updates Part 1 software Updates à Select the Bulletin IDs to delete in the Right Pane.
Note: No of updates to be deleted should be same as deleted in the Deployment.
Right Click on the Select items à Delete
Click OK on the Pop Up for Refreshing the Package
Click OK on the Confirmation PopUP that this updates are also part of Deployment as we have already deleted them from Deployment in the Step 1
Note down the Size of the Package which will be less than the previous size.
Monitor the DP Replication and see if the all the DPs are updated with the above changes