Microsoft made sure early adopters of Windows Server 2008 will have a patch tool in place when the server is released in a few months.
The company recently released Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate, which adds support for both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008. It also integrates with Microsoft Management Console.
When Microsoft releases the final version of Windows Server 2008 next year, it will offer WSUS as a server role. IT managers using WSUS 3.0 SP1 will need Microsoft's Internet Information Services, or IIS, for it to work properly, the company said, as will Windows Server 2008.
This service pack will be supported if it runs on Windows Server 2003 SP 1 or Windows Server 2008, but not if it runs on Windows 2000 Server or on servers running Terminal Services, Microsoft said.
There aren't a lot of details available about this latest service pack, although it is supposed to make cleaning up old update files easier and quicker.
WSUS is a barebones software update service for Microsoft Windows operating systems as well as some of its important platforms, like Exchange Server and Microsoft Office.
When Microsoft released WSUS 3.0 last May, it sported a new Microsoft Management Console-based user interface and custom views based on products, classifications, sync date and the groups that the updates are approved for. It also contained new filtering based on approvals and the status of a client, as well as better reporting capabilities and shorter download times.