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Encyclopedia > Windows Server Update Services
Screenshot of a Windows Server Update Services administration console

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) provides a software update service for Microsoft Windows operating systems and other Microsoft software. WSUS is a locally managed system that works with the public Microsoft Update website to give system administrators more control. By using Windows Server Update Services, administrators can manage the distribution of Microsoft hotfixes and updates released through Automatic Updates to computers in a corporate environment. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (857x717, 41 KB) Summary Screenshot of Microsofts Windows Software Update Services administration application. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (857x717, 41 KB) Summary Screenshot of Microsofts Windows Software Update Services administration application. ... Software Update is a software tool by Apple Computer that install the latest version of Apple software on computers running Mac OS X (there was also a Software update tool for classic Mac OS). ... Windows redirects here. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... The current Microsoft Update icon The previous Windows Update icon Microsoft Update is a website where users can download updates for various Microsoft Windows-related products. ... A hot fix is a single, cumulative package that includes one or more files that are used to address a problem in a software product (aka. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Microsoft Update. ...

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History

WSUS originated as Software Update Services (SUS), which delivered only operating system hotfixes and patches. WSUS builds on SUS by expanding the range of software it can update. The WSUS infrastructure allows automatic downloads of hotfixes, updates, service packs, device drivers and feature packs to clients in an organization from a central server(s), instead of using the public Microsoft Windows Update website. This saves bandwidth, time and disk space, as the individual computers in a network do not have to connect to an external server themselves, but connect to a local central server. It also increases administrators' control and allows clients to obtain updates in environments that do not have internet access. Software Update Services is a patch distribution tool produced by Microsoft. ... A hot fix is a single, cumulative package that includes one or more files that are used to address a problem in a software product (aka. ... A Service Pack (more commonly, SP) is a software program that corrects known bugs, problems, or adds new features. ... A device driver, or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a computer hardware device. ... Bandwidth is the difference between the upper and lower cutoff frequencies of, for example, a filter, a communication channel, or a signal spectrum, and is typically measured in hertz. ...


Administration

WSUS can display precise information about which updates each client needs
WSUS can display precise information about which updates each client needs

Windows Server Update Services 2.0 comprises, collectively, a repository of update-packages from Microsoft, an instance of MSDE, a service that takes retrieved updates from upstream servers, and an IIS virtual site. As with many of Microsoft's newer server products, administration of WSUS takes place via a web interface. It allows administrators to approve or decline updates before release, to force updates to install by a given date and to obtain extensive reports on what updates each machine requires. System administrators can also configure WSUS to approve certain classes of updates automatically (critical updates, security updates, service-packs, device-drivers). One can also approve updates for "detection" only, allowing an administrator to see what machines will require a given update, without also installing that update. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (854x719, 56 KB) Summary Screenshot of Microsoft Windows Software Update Services administration console, demonstrating the per-machine reporting capabilities Licensing This is a screenshot of copyrighted Windows computer software, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the author... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (854x719, 56 KB) Summary Screenshot of Microsoft Windows Software Update Services administration console, demonstrating the per-machine reporting capabilities Licensing This is a screenshot of copyrighted Windows computer software, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the author... A repository is a central place where data is stored and maintained. ... MSDE stands for Microsoft Data Engine, Microsoft Desktop Engine or Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine. ... Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS, formerly called Internet Information Server) is a set of Internet-based services for servers using Microsoft Windows. ...


Administrators can use WSUS with Active Directory Group Policy for client-side configuration of the Automatic Updates client, ensuring that end-users can't disable or circumvent corporate update policies. WSUS does not require the use of Active Directory, client configuration can also be applied by local group policy or by modifying the Windows registry. Typically Active Directory is managed using the graphical Microsoft Management Console. ... Local Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Media Center Edition Group policy is a feature of Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that provides centralized management and configuration of computers and remote users in an Active Directory environment. ... The Windows registry is a directory which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions, 64-bit versions and Windows Mobile. ...


Version 2.0 SP1 added support for Windows Vista and some other products. In version 3.0, a Microsoft Management Console "snap-in" can be used for administration of the server. Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... MMC on Windows Server 2003, running Computer Management snap-in The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a component of modern Microsoft Windows operating systems that provides system administrators and advanced users with a flexible interface through which they may configure and monitor the system. ...


Microsoft has made WSUS available on their web site as a free download. Microsoft also plans on including WSUS with Windows Server 2008, as an out-of-band component. Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows Server 2008 is the name of the next server operating system from Microsoft. ...


Version history

Rel 3.0: It’s important to keep in mind that the new client is only a partial solution and clients must have both KB927891 and the new 3.0 client installed for a full solution [1].

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Supported software

As of August 2006, Windows Software Update Services supports updating the following Microsoft operating systems and software: August 2006 is the eighth month of that year, and has yet to occur. ...

The list is not comprehensive, additionally, "Max" appears in the UI as a product which WSUS supports. However, Microsoft describes this as an error, and will not offer updates for "Max". Microsoft has indicated that WSUS was designed to be able to provide updates for non-Microsoft software, but this has not been implemented. Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptive, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ... Microsoft Silverlight (code-named Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere or WPF/E) is a proprietary XAML-based runtime for browser-based Rich Internet Applications, providing a subset of the animation, vector graphics, and video playback capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation. ... Microsoft Small Business Server is an integrated suite of server products from Microsoft designed for running network infrastructure (both intranet management and Internet access) of small and medium enterprises having no more than 75 workstations. ... Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. ... Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. ... Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) produced by Microsoft. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ... Microsoft Office is an office suite from Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X operating systems. ... Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server) is a stateful packet and application layer inspection firewall, virtual private network and web cache (both forward caching and reverse caching) server which runs on Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. ... Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2006 is Microsofts new server software application designed to integrate disk-to-disk and data protection. ... Windows Live Mail Desktop is an upcoming e-mail client from Microsofts Windows Live set of products. ... Windows Live Toolbar is a toolbar designed as part of Microsofts Windows Live range of services. ... Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) is a systems management software product by Microsoft for managing large groups of Windows-based computer systems. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Microsoft Max was the codename for a prototpye software application developed by Microsoft. ...


References

  1. ^ WSUS Product Team Blog : WSUS 3.0 SP1 is now RTM!!!

External links

  • Microsoft WSUS TechCenter, containing operations and deployment information
  • Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services
  • WSUS Product Team Blog* WSUS Wiki — contains many detailed documents on WSUS operation, known issues, and troubleshooting
  • WSUS.DE - Microsoft CLIP Community
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AMSSXP®: Windows Server Update Services (3096 words)
Administrators can assess and monitor the level of update compliance for their client computers on an ongoing basis using the Status of Update report, which provides status for update approval and deployment per update, per computer, and per computer group, based on all events that are sent from the client computer.
After downloading, testing, and approving the updates on this server, an administrator would then export the update metadata and content to a CD, and then, from the CD, import the update metadata and content to servers running WSUS within the intranet.
For example, administrators have to assess how many servers and client computers they need to update, what their storage and network bandwidth requirements are, and what timeframe is acceptable to deploy an average update.
Windows Server Updates Services (182 words)
When updates are available a yellow shield icon will appear in the Windows system tray.
Updates deployed via WSUS are first tested by PC Services and the PC Services software test group to ensure compatibility with UA applications and systems.
In the case of a highly critical update the test phase of the deployment may be shortened.
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