Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), also called Windows Update Services (WUS), is a free add-on for managing patches and updates to the Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems... (Continued)

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), also called Windows Update Services (WUS), is a free add-on for managing patches and updates to the Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Aimed mainly at small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), WSUS is intermediate between the simpler Windows Update for individual computer users and the more robust Systems Management Server (SMS) for large enterprises.

WSUS features include:

  • The incorporation of bandwidth management for optimum use of network resources
  • Automatic download of updates by category
  • The ability to target updates to specific computers or sets of computers
  • Enhanced reporting capabilities
  • Multiple language support.

WSUS is the successor to Software Update Services (SUS).

This was first published in October 2008

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