Microsoft has released a new gradual rollouts feature for its Windows Update for Business deployment service. This new capability was first announced in November 2021, and it aims to ensure a smoother feature update experience for organizations with specific software and hardware compatibility issues.
For those unfamiliar, Windows Update for Business was introduced in March 2021. It is designed to provide IT administrators with greater control over the approval and scheduling of Windows updates. It works with PowerShell, Microsoft Graph APIs, and Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
With this new gradual rollouts feature, enterprise Admins can now use a machine learning-based approach to automatically determine which Windows 10 or Windows 11 PCs should receive the latest feature update.
“The deployment service enables you to successfully update your entire population of Windows PCs or devices and limit the impact of potential issues through gradual rollouts. It does so by intelligently ordering devices to be updated in waves, where every wave is designed to help you discover incompatibilities and implement solutions with the fewest devices and users affected,” the company explained in a blog post.
To get started with the gradual rollouts feature, IT Admins will first need to set up and configure the AllowWUfBCloudProcessing policy in their tenant by following these steps:
With the profile configuration profile deployed, any Windows 10 or 11 device that uses the gradual rollout option in Feature update profiles will now be eligible for intelligent rollout optimizations.
Notably, Windows Update for Business is only available for organizations with an active Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 or greater subscription. If you’re interested, you can learn more details about this new deployment service on this support page.