This document covers information about patch supersedence or replacement and how to expire patches via SCUP when using the Shavlik SCUPdates content.
Patch Supersedence or Replacement information
The first thing to note is that SCUPdates content does not include any built-in detection for patch supersedence or patch replacement. There is currenlty no information provided within the SCUPdates concerning patch supersedence or replacement.
How to handle patch supersedence/replacement with SCUPdates content:
Since there is no supersedence information provided within the SCUPdates content, you can still use these methods to find out if patches are superseded:
1) For most 3rd party updates such as Adobe and Java you can assume that the newest update replaces all others of that version. In the example screenshot you will see that the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer is 11.8.800.175. Therefore any previous/older Adobe Flash for Internet Explorer updates would be superseded by this patch. Using the "Date Modified" column in SCUP will help determine the newest patch available.
2) To make certain if a patch replaces others you can always go to the vendor's website for more information. In SCUPdates content under the patch Summary there is generally a link provided to the vendor's webpage concerning the patch release. This can be helpful in determining patch supersedence as well as other information.
Expiring Superseded/Replaced Patches in SCUP
The Shavlik content team did not focus on including built in supersedence detection so that it's left up to administrators to expire patches when they wish to. You can use the "Expire" feature within SCUP if you determine that you no longer want old, superseded, or unwanted patches being detected.
*Important notes*: When you expire an update within SCUP it is a permanent change, and it may take some time for the change to synchronize with WSUS/SCCM.
How to expire patches in SCUP:
1) You will need to locate the patch(es) you wish to expire. In the example below you can see that we have Adobe Flash for IE version 11.8.800.174 highlighted. This patch is superseded (replaced) by the latest Adobe Flash for IE update - version 11.8.800.175. Since it is superseded we are going to expire Adobe Flash for IE version 11.8.800.174.
In this image you can also see where more information is available in the patch summary.
2) Highlight any patches you wish to expire. You can select multiple items with the CTRL+ features in Windows. Right click on the highlighted item(s) and choose 'Expire'.
3) You will be asked if you're certain you want to expire the updates since the change is permanent. Click yes.
4) You will now see that the Expired column shows 'Yes'.
You can find more information about using the latest version of System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) here: