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Windows Update or SUS?

By Spackler ·
I've always been reluctant to allow windows update to run freely on my systems - all are Win2K SP2 or 3. My hesitance comes from problems with unnecessary updates for example if Windows update decides that my users need to update their Windows MediaPlayer or IE and then I have issues or problems. Or do I have it wrong and Windows Update doesn't do updates for anything other than the OS?

Because of this I'm looking into implementing SUS. Any feedback would be helpful.

Thanks.
Chris

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Windows Update

by clearsmashdrop In reply to Windows Update or SUS?

Windows update pulls down anything that is part of the OS. (media player, ie , etc )

But there is an options to just download the update and not install until you tell it to.

Have you tried that?

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Windows Update

by timwalsh In reply to Windows Update or SUS?

Issues:

Windows Update can only be run by someone with administrator privileges (either local or domain).

There are generally three "classes" of updates available through Windows Update:

Critical Updates/Security fixes/Service Packs - this is the only class of updates that generate a Critical Update Notification.

Program fixes - general bug fixes for Windows and its components (IE and media player are considered components of Windows).

Driver updates

SUS uses a modified copy of the Windows update client software that is installed on client computers. SUS allows you to download updates and test them before pushing the updates automatically to clients. SUS only downloads updates in the first class above. While the modified client software used by SUS replaces the normal Windows update client, anyone with administrator privileges could uninstall this new client and replace it with the original (by reaccessing the Windows update website).

Hope this helps.

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Use corporate IT update page

by TheChas In reply to Windows Update or SUS?

Hi Chris,

I concur with your concerns.

Windows Update on full automatic will install any update that Microsoft feels users should have.

I recommend that you use the corporate IT update catalog:

http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/

Download those updates that you need, and roll them out to users across the network.

This not only allows you to control which updates are installed, it also holds you to 1 download for all systems instead of each PC downloading the updates themselves.
Saves a lot of bandwidth.

Chas

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Windows Update vs SUS

by Spackler In reply to Use corporate IT update p ...

Good advice all. I guess I should have added that my "network" is actually 9 individual offices with seprate LANs so the pick and install options based on the included Windows Update would be too time consuming.

I'm leaning towards installing SUSand letting that push the chosen updates.

Is anyone out in techrep land doing this currently? I'd love to hear feedback.

Thanks.

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