New to WSUS? This should help get you started

After starting this blog I realized that we have quite a few people who are new to WSUS and they all seemed eager for docs and labs and whatnot to help them get started.  In an effort to help in that regard I put together a couple links that should get you well on the way towards becoming a WSUS expert, and who knows, even if you’ve been working with WSUS for a long time you may just learn something new.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1

This guide provides instructions for getting started with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). You will find instruction for basic tasks for deploying WSUS 3.0 SP1 on your network, including installing WSUS on the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems: configuring WSUS 3.0 SP1 to obtain updates; configuring client computers to install updates from WSUS 3.0 SP1; as well as approving, managing, and distributing updates. Although WSUS 3.0 SP1 is a feature-rich, update-management solution, this guide offers only a single way to accomplish any of these tasks.

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C8FA2FD1-72F6-4F19-A1B0-F689DAE14BE6&displaylang=en

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Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1

This paper describes how to deploy Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). You will find a comprehensive description of how WSUS functions, as well as descriptions of WSUS scalability and bandwidth management features. This paper also offers step-by-step procedures for installation and configuration of the WSUS server. You will read how to update and configure Automatic Updates on client workstations and servers that will be updated by WSUS. Also included are steps for setting up a WSUS server on an isolated segment of your network and manually importing updates.

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=208e93d1-e1cd-4f38-ad1e-d993e05657c9&DisplayLang=en

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Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Operations Guide

This paper documents the major tasks involved in administering and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1).

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=66D250FA-670F-4A49-95EC-2FFDA7691F55&displaylang=en.

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We also have the WSUS TechCenter located at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx and the the WSUS TechNet forums where you can post or answer questions and read about solutions others have found.  It’s located at http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverwsus/threads/.

Enjoy!

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer