“The takeaway if you’re an IT admin? You can continue using the tools and processes you’re accustomed to for managing and deploying updates—or you can take a hands-off approach and let Windows Autopatch do it for you,” said Lior Bela, a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft.
“Changing the way things get done, even when that change makes things easier, gives pause to most people who run large IT organizations. By joining the public preview, you’ll be able to get comfortable with Windows Autopatch and ready your organization to take advantage of the service at scale.”
The ‘test ring’ contains a minimum number of devices, the ‘first ring’ around 1% of all endpoints that need to be kept up-to-date across a corporate environment, the ‘fast ring’ roughly 9%, and the ‘broad ring” the rest of 90% of devices.
The update service is automatically deployed one by one according to different rings to test and collect feedback data. If there are no major problems, it will continue to update the next ring until completion.
Deploying updates in this way should arguably reduce the probability of equipment problems while improving efficiency, which should make practical sense for large enterprises.