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Windows Server Update Services Design and Operations

​This guidance describes the design, installation and management of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to provide a solution for software update management.

This guidance discusses scalability and high-availability features, as well as the considerations for using WSUS as a component of Microsoft Forefront Client Security. Guidance for migrating from WSUS 2.0 to WSUS 3.0 is also provided.

It is recommended that if you have Microsoft Systems Management Server or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager already installed, that should be used software update management. This approach maximizes value by using technologies that are already deployed, and makes the most of the existing skill set.

WSUS should only be used if there is currently no solution in place for managing and deploying software updates for Microsoft desktop operating systems and applications. Unless you plan to remove an existing system, conflicts may result.

  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Design Guide

    This guide provides information and procedures to create the implementation design for a WSUS server hierarchy, and to plan the installation procedures for installing the WSUS servers and clients.

  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Operations Guide

    This guide provides information and procedures to successfully configure, manage, and operate WSUS servers and clients, guidance on the initial configuration of WSUS servers and clients, and guidance on management and operation procedures.