When creating an Automatic Deployment Rule (ADR) in SCCM for a software update deployment to machines, you most likely are making at least two different deployments: one for Pilot and one for Production.

If you wanted to automate this process prior to SCCM 1511 completely, you were required to create one Automatic Deployment Rule for Pilot and one for Production.

Starting with SCCM 1511, it is possible to create several deployments for one Automatic Deployment Rule, which means you can minimize the number of Automatic Deployment Rules.

How to create multiple deployments for an SCCM ADR

Here is a step by step guide for adding a new deployment to your existing Automatic Deployment Rule. I am assuming that we are adding a deployment to your previous ADR used for Pilot machines.

  1. Select the Automatic Deployment Rule for which you want to create a new deployment:

2. Right-click and press Add Deployment.


3. Browse for the target collection where you want to create the new deployment:


4. Run through the next steps as you would previously when making a new Automatic Deployment Rule, including configuring the installation deadline.

5. Done! Now you have two deployments for one Automatic Deployment Rule to deploy Windows updates. In this case, I have one for Pilot and one for Production, where the Production deployment is set with a deadline one week after the Pilot.

Once the ADR evaluation schedule rule runs, the ADR will:

  • Create a new Software Update Groups
  • The ADR runs and downloads the updates


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