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Old 02-19-2010
GC Email Manager
 

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WSUS basics
I am new to WSUS. I installed it perfectly fine. It sis downloading updates.
I have a few basic questions:

1. I installed an XP x64 VM with SP3 from Server 2003 x64. I saw Windows XP
64-bit Edition Server 2003 as an option for updates and figured this was the
match because when I look at the OS in system properties for that VM it says
"Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition Version 2003 Service Pack 2". However I
found some obscure website that said the WSUS XP 64-bit Edition Server 2003
was for Itanium editions. So then I unchecked that product and selected XP
x64. Which is the right version for my XP Pro x64 VM?

2. I can't believe I'm having a hard time managing WSUS. Basically all my
machines are patched except one last update prior to me installing WSUS. I
wanted it this way so I could see at least one update available to apply via
WSUS. However the screen is a bit confusing to me (using WSUS 3.0 SP2). I
want the following:

a. don't download updates for anything except Office 2007, Server 2008,
Server 2003, XP x64, Vista, Windows Defender, and IE 8 updates. No machine
has any previous version of anything else (OS, software, browser, etc). It
seems that WSUS is downloading tons of updates that I will never push out.
Our WsusContent folder is almost 7 GB!!!

b. find a way to sort the updates ready to be deployed. I created a group
for each OS type as each PC (vista, xp, windows7) is in it's own sub-OU in
AD. I created a WSUS GPO for each of these with client side targeting enabled
and pointing to the appropriate group in WSUS. The computers are in the
correct WSUS groups. BasicallY i want to click on a filter for XP PCs and see
the new updates that are ready to be deployed.

c. understand the process for applying updates. I tried reading the help
file but it isn't so much step by step as it is a description. Basically I
want to (1) see updates ready for an application (or OS), (2) tell WSUS to
download it to the WSUS server, (3) pick a group of PCs and approve that
update for that group of PCs, (4), and let the PCs download this copy from
the WSUS server. I still want the users applying the update when they are
ready, not forcing it upon them yet. I have created the GPO for all PCs to
pull from the WSUS server and that GPO seems to be working fine.

d. set a time for when WSUS deletes old updates. I don't want it holding on
to update files (taking up HD space) for a long period of time since we know
any new machines won't be on our network without being manually updated
first. Especially since there are so few updates needed, why is it taking
huge chunks of disk space and downloading updates that none of my PCs need?

e. learn how to schedule updates and reboots for an exact time (like at 3am
to install and then reboot).


Every blog I read seems that WSUS seems so simple to people. So either it's
been a long week or they're all geniuses. I still can't find anything that
explains what the "Installed/Not applicable" column means and other columns.
--

Regards,

Shifty1981
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Old 02-20-2010
Ǝиçεl
 

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RE: WSUS basics
Perhaps tяy the WSUS Newsgroup

<http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverwsus/threads>

On the web:
WSUS General
<http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/list/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.windows.server.up date_services>

In your newsreader:
news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsof...pdate_services
-=-

Thanks and good luck !
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"GC Email Manager" wrote:

> I am new to WSUS. I installed it perfectly fine. It sis downloading updates.
> I have a few basic questions:
>
> 1. I installed an XP x64 VM with SP3 from Server 2003 x64. I saw Windows XP
> 64-bit Edition Server 2003 as an option for updates and figured this was the
> match because when I look at the OS in system properties for that VM it says
> "Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition Version 2003 Service Pack 2". However I
> found some obscure website that said the WSUS XP 64-bit Edition Server 2003
> was for Itanium editions. So then I unchecked that product and selected XP
> x64. Which is the right version for my XP Pro x64 VM?
>
> 2. I can't believe I'm having a hard time managing WSUS. Basically all my
> machines are patched except one last update prior to me installing WSUS. I
> wanted it this way so I could see at least one update available to apply via
> WSUS. However the screen is a bit confusing to me (using WSUS 3.0 SP2). I
> want the following:
>
> a. don't download updates for anything except Office 2007, Server 2008,
> Server 2003, XP x64, Vista, Windows Defender, and IE 8 updates. No machine
> has any previous version of anything else (OS, software, browser, etc). It
> seems that WSUS is downloading tons of updates that I will never push out.
> Our WsusContent folder is almost 7 GB!!!
>
> b. find a way to sort the updates ready to be deployed. I created a group
> for each OS type as each PC (vista, xp, windows7) is in it's own sub-OU in
> AD. I created a WSUS GPO for each of these with client side targeting enabled
> and pointing to the appropriate group in WSUS. The computers are in the
> correct WSUS groups. BasicallY i want to click on a filter for XP PCs and see
> the new updates that are ready to be deployed.
>
> c. understand the process for applying updates. I tried reading the help
> file but it isn't so much step by step as it is a description. Basically I
> want to (1) see updates ready for an application (or OS), (2) tell WSUS to
> download it to the WSUS server, (3) pick a group of PCs and approve that
> update for that group of PCs, (4), and let the PCs download this copy from
> the WSUS server. I still want the users applying the update when they are
> ready, not forcing it upon them yet. I have created the GPO for all PCs to
> pull from the WSUS server and that GPO seems to be working fine.
>
> d. set a time for when WSUS deletes old updates. I don't want it holding on
> to update files (taking up HD space) for a long period of time since we know
> any new machines won't be on our network without being manually updated
> first. Especially since there are so few updates needed, why is it taking
> huge chunks of disk space and downloading updates that none of my PCs need?
>
> e. learn how to schedule updates and reboots for an exact time (like at 3am
> to install and then reboot).
>
>
> Every blog I read seems that WSUS seems so simple to people. So either it's
> been a long week or they're all geniuses. I still can't find anything that
> explains what the "Installed/Not applicable" column means and other columns.
> --
>
> Regards,
>
> Shifty1981

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Old 02-20-2010
avaj
 

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RE: WSUS basics


"GC Email Manager" wrote:

> I am new to WSUS. I installed it perfectly fine. It sis downloading updates.
> I have a few basic questions:
>
> 1. I installed an XP x64 VM with SP3 from Server 2003 x64. I saw Windows XP
> 64-bit Edition Server 2003 as an option for updates and figured this was the
> match because when I look at the OS in system properties for that VM it says
> "Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition Version 2003 Service Pack 2". However I
> found some obscure website that said the WSUS XP 64-bit Edition Server 2003
> was for Itanium editions. So then I unchecked that product and selected XP
> x64. Which is the right version for my XP Pro x64 VM?
>
> 2. I can't believe I'm having a hard time managing WSUS. Basically all my
> machines are patched except one last update prior to me installing WSUS. I
> wanted it this way so I could see at least one update available to apply via
> WSUS. However the screen is a bit confusing to me (using WSUS 3.0 SP2). I
> want the following:
>
> a. don't download updates for anything except Office 2007, Server 2008,
> Server 2003, XP x64, Vista, Windows Defender, and IE 8 updates. No machine
> has any previous version of anything else (OS, software, browser, etc). It
> seems that WSUS is downloading tons of updates that I will never push out.
> Our WsusContent folder is almost 7 GB!!!
>
> b. find a way to sort the updates ready to be deployed. I created a group
> for each OS type as each PC (vista, xp, windows7) is in it's own sub-OU in
> AD. I created a WSUS GPO for each of these with client side targeting enabled
> and pointing to the appropriate group in WSUS. The computers are in the
> correct WSUS groups. BasicallY i want to click on a filter for XP PCs and see
> the new updates that are ready to be deployed.
>
> c. understand the process for applying updates. I tried reading the help
> file but it isn't so much step by step as it is a description. Basically I
> want to (1) see updates ready for an application (or OS), (2) tell WSUS to
> download it to the WSUS server, (3) pick a group of PCs and approve that
> update for that group of PCs, (4), and let the PCs download this copy from
> the WSUS server. I still want the users applying the update when they are
> ready, not forcing it upon them yet. I have created the GPO for all PCs to
> pull from the WSUS server and that GPO seems to be working fine.
>
> d. set a time for when WSUS deletes old updates. I don't want it holding on
> to update files (taking up HD space) for a long period of time since we know
> any new machines won't be on our network without being manually updated
> first. Especially since there are so few updates needed, why is it taking
> huge chunks of disk space and downloading updates that none of my PCs need?
>
> e. learn how to schedule updates and reboots for an exact time (like at 3am
> to install and then reboot).
>
>
> Every blog I read seems that WSUS seems so simple to people. So either it's
> been a long week or they're all geniuses. I still can't find anything that
> explains what the "Installed/Not applicable" column means and other columns.
> --
>
> Regards,
>
> Shifty1981

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