Whilst playing with third-party updates I noticed that the partner catalogs weren’t appearing in the ConfigMgr console. Checking the SMS_ISVUPDATES_SYNCAGENT.log file showed that at the of the first attempt to sync, that there was a network issue and the site server could not get to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=874591&pc=3rdPartyUpdates1806Production

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The next scheduled sync for the third-party updates was scheduled, however, to happen in the next 7 days.

ScheduledWorkMonitor: Scheduled item (PartnerCatalogListSyncTask:00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000) is due in 6.23:34:51.3123674.

Well I couldn’t wait that long so I needed to force the sync to occur.

Luckily there is a registry key that controls this:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Components\
SMS_ISVUPDATES_SYNCAGENT\PartnerSyncSchedule and by default this is set to 0001100000100038.

I modified this to 0001100000100001

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Next up, I restarted the SMS_ISVUPDATES_SYNCAGENT service in ConfigMgr. To do this go to Monitoring\Overview\System Status\Component Status in the console, right click a component and choose Start\Configuration Manager Service Manager.2019-05-15 13_36_25-Greenshot.jpg

Find the SMS_ISVUPDATES_SYNCAGENT service. Right-click and choose Query.2019-05-15 13_41_10-Configuration Manager Service Manager.jpg

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The service will report as Running. Right-click and choose Stop. Repeat the Query and then choose Start.2019-05-15 13_40_29-Configuration Manager Service Manager.jpg

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Now, the sync was forced to start immediately.

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Shortly after the partner catalogs appeared in the console.

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