We’ve had several customers come to us with questions about installing Year 2 Windows ESU patches. Microsoft’s ESU Year 2 started with Patch Tuesday on 9 February 2021.
If you have not applied your Microsoft Year 2 MAK to your endpoints, then your endpoints will report back in as relevant to the (Unentitled) Fixlets and you will not be able to apply those patches, neither via BigFix nor manually.
Once you have your Year 2 MAK from Microsoft, then you may use the “ESU Key Management: Install and Activate MAK” task (fixlet ID 1) in the BigFix ESU patch sites to apply your Year 2 ESU key to the appropriate endpoints. This is the same process you used when you applied the Year 1 MAK at the start of the ESU program. Then you can resume using the ESU Fixlets.