+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, WSUS 3 in Technical; Ok so i've set up WSUS and I've got a meeting with my Network Manager in an hour who I ...
  1. #1
    Crispin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    361
    Thank Post
    76
    Thanked 28 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    19

    WSUS 3

    Ok so i've set up WSUS and I've got a meeting with my Network Manager in an hour who I expect is going to tell me that he doesn't want to use it.
    We have used it before without any problems, no rollbacks required etc...

    I need some ammo to take with me as to why we need WSUS. Which we do.

    For example, the important IE7 update that isn't installed on PCs is something we need to sort out with automation.

    He has an idea of using the proxy to cache windows update and use it as a kind of replacement wsus. No idea if this would work.

    Any ideas guys? I need as many points I can hit him with so anything useful would help me.

    Cheers
    Last edited by Crispin; 23rd February 2009 at 01:29 PM.

  2. #2

    Michael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    8,941
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 1,510 Times in 1,206 Posts
    Rep Power
    328
    WSUS also provides the administrator data as to what machines have which updates installed. I'm not sure why he/she is so against it. You can specify which updates to deploy or you can manually specify each update manually before deploying it.

    You can also deploy to selected groups for additional testing, before deploying to the whole network. WSUS has lots of benefits!

  3. Thanks to Michael from:

    Crispin (23rd February 2009)

  4. #3
    Crispin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    361
    Thank Post
    76
    Thanked 28 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    I know, I honestly don't understand the logic behind it. Hopefully I'll be able to convince him!

  5. #4
    ICT_GUY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Weymouth
    Posts
    2,261
    Thank Post
    646
    Thanked 283 Times in 204 Posts
    Rep Power
    103
    Basically I would rather fix a broken application than a broken network.

    So far very few updates have ever broken any of my applications. WSUS is an essential part of my network security plan. If everything is up to date, then thats one less entry point for malware.

  6. Thanks to ICT_GUY from:

    Crispin (23rd February 2009)

  7. #5
    jonathanhaddock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Barton Court Grammar, Canterbury
    Posts
    58
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    To add to the usefulness of WSUS, it will also tell you the computer make and model of a machine, the BIOS version information. Admittedly all that data is available via WMI but WSUS 3 makes all this available easily.

    On a related note, and apologies if this results in me hijacking your thread, my WSUS tells me that many workstations last submitted a status report "No yet reported". Clients that have submitted before haven't done for months. Anybody got any ideas why? We client side target them through AD Group-policy but they're in the groups correctly so I don't understand

    Thoughts welcome...

    Jonathan

  8. Thanks to jonathanhaddock from:

    Crispin (23rd February 2009)

  9. #6
    ricki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    uk
    Posts
    1,466
    Thank Post
    20
    Thanked 164 Times in 157 Posts
    Rep Power
    51

  10. #7
    gshaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    2,604
    Thank Post
    154
    Thanked 205 Times in 190 Posts
    Rep Power
    64
    I've just put WSUS on - one of many things that needed doing on our network to tidy up bits that badly needed doing

    I'd say for starters...

    - centralised management of patches and reporting so you are sure of the status of your workstations
    - saving Internet bandwidth as updates are only downloaded once to the WSUS server then distributed rather than each machine downloading say 300MB each from Microsoft Update
    - reduce manual workload doing updates yourself and eliminates human error e.g. not choosing the right patches on MS Update etc

    It's free, it works so can't see any reason to take it off

  11. Thanks to gshaw from:

    Crispin (23rd February 2009)

  12. #8
    jonathanhaddock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Barton Court Grammar, Canterbury
    Posts
    58
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 6 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by ricki View Post
    Doesn't look like that WUS 3.0 though as I know for a fact it prepares graphs. WSUS 3 was a big improvement on earlier versions, even if I can't make my install work right now....

  13. #9
    Crispin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    361
    Thank Post
    76
    Thanked 28 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    Thanks for all the responses. I managed to convince him it was absolutely necessary and he's given the go ahead to use it. It seems he'd not seen the new version 3 and is happy about deploying the new version.

    Thanks for the ideas.

    c

  14. #10


    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    3,387
    Thank Post
    183
    Thanked 350 Times in 279 Posts
    Rep Power
    147
    Are you on a RBC network? NGfL for example.

    If every computer on the Northern grid was updating from the MS site individually (all several hundred thousand of them) then no one in the northeast of england would be able to use the internetz!

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21st February 2008, 08:50 AM
  2. MS WSUS 3.0
    By randle in forum Windows
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 2nd October 2007, 01:16 PM
  3. WSUS on DC
    By johnkay21 in forum Windows
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 24th May 2007, 08:23 AM
  4. WSUS ?
    By mac_shinobi in forum General Chat
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 20th April 2007, 09:42 AM
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 8th November 2006, 09:57 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •