Announcing the Microsoft Security Update Guide, Second Edition

We’re pleased to announce the release of the new Microsoft Security Update Guide, Second Edition. Fully revised and updated from the first edition, which was released in 2009, this edition focuses on best practices for prioritizing and testing security updates before deployment within your organization’s IT environment. For all the details click here. J.C. Hornbeck… Read more

Best practices for catalog authoring in System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP)

If you’re looking for some guidance and best practices on how to author and maintain high quality System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) catalogs then you’re at the right place.  Our very own Jason Lewis has created an authoring guide that will answer just about every question you could have including: "When should I modify my… Read more

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) Now Available!

I know this isn’t WSUS specific but I thought it was something you’d appreciate hearing about nonetheless.   The Solution Accelerator team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide… Read more

Troubleshooting and data gathering for WSUS

I was working with the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) support team a few months back looking for a way that we could help reduce the amount of time it takes to resolve a case as well as reduce the number of incidents we get, and one of the things that was suggested at the… Read more

Installing WSUS 3.0 SP1 through Windows Server 2008 SP2 Server Manager

The good folks over on the WSUS product team blog just published a great post on how to install WSUS 3.0 SP1 through Windows Server 2008 SP2 Server Manager.  Check out their intro and direct link below: ======== By default, Windows Server 2008 SP2 includes the ability to install the Windows Server Update Services Role… Read more

TechNet Webcast: Deploying Windows Vista Service Pack 1

There’s a new webcast planned that I thought you might be interested in.  It basically covers what’s new in Vista SP1, what you need to know before deploying it, and how to deploy it using WSUS.  If rolling our Vista SP1 via WSUS is in your future then you won’t want to miss this one. … Read more

WSUS: Read this before installing your next WSUS 3.0 computer

We still gets quite a few support calls concerning problems caused by some sort of prerequisite issue so I thought it might be a good idea to post a link to the pre-install considerations you should be aware of before setting up a new Windows Server Update Services 3.0 box.  Some of these are obvious… Read more

WSUS: How To Throttle BITS

There is a small misunderstanding in BITS capabilities. When we say "bandwidth-throttling technology uses only idle bandwidth" and thus "downloads do not interfere with or slow other network activity, such as Internet browsing" the bandwidth we are talking about is the individual computer bandwidth. For example if the user is simultaneously browsing the Internet, BITS… Read more