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  • Hello all, im a student who is taking classes on networking and cyber security and had some questions on wsus. Im doing a comparison presentation to compare WSUS and a third party application DameWare patch management , how ever dont have access to WSUS to mess around to get a more hands on rough idea of how it works and was just wondering if anybody could help out with a little info so i have a better idea were to start doing my research on.  

    I do know it does updates when approved by a user, however does WSUS just only do  host devices update or can it do servers as well?

    is WSUS limited to only cretin server OS? is it limited on what host os devices it can update to?  

    Does it only update Microsoft based software or can it do other application software updates ?  

    is there a limit on how many clients it can work with at a time?

    are there any special features other then updating ?

    Just want to say thanks for in advance if anybody does help, I if anybody could even just help out with some basic info it would help give me a good place to know what to look up and research.

    Friday, May 6, 2016 9:52 PM

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  • https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939796(v=ws.10).aspx

    WSUS is a feature of Windows Server (so it only runs on Windows Server), but "clients" of WSUS can be server OS or workstation OS.

    WSUS can be considered an on-premises implementation of windowsupdate.com/microsoftupdate.com, which offers Windows udpates and also other Microsoft products such as Office, etc.

    WSUS can be extended/integrated with other management products (both Microsoft management products and third party products)

    There are sizing/scaling limits/suggestions (eg maximum 100,000 clients) but it's mainly determined by the WSUS server hardware capacity/performance and if you would need to deliver high-availability/redundancy.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939839(v=ws.10).aspx

    WSUS, when extended, can do inventory, and software application deployment (since software updates are really just a form of software deployment).


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:19 AM

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  • https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939796(v=ws.10).aspx

    WSUS is a feature of Windows Server (so it only runs on Windows Server), but "clients" of WSUS can be server OS or workstation OS.

    WSUS can be considered an on-premises implementation of windowsupdate.com/microsoftupdate.com, which offers Windows udpates and also other Microsoft products such as Office, etc.

    WSUS can be extended/integrated with other management products (both Microsoft management products and third party products)

    There are sizing/scaling limits/suggestions (eg maximum 100,000 clients) but it's mainly determined by the WSUS server hardware capacity/performance and if you would need to deliver high-availability/redundancy.
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939839(v=ws.10).aspx

    WSUS, when extended, can do inventory, and software application deployment (since software updates are really just a form of software deployment).


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:19 AM
  • Hi mrdagger,

    >I do know it does updates when approved by a user, however does WSUS just only do  host devices update or can it do servers as well?

    > is WSUS limited to only cretin server OS? is it limited on what host os devices it can update to?  

    We can deploy updates both for server OS and client OS, deploy updates both for windows updates (main for system update) and Microsoft updates (main for Microsoft product updates).

    >Does it only update Microsoft based software or can it do other application software updates ?  

    For updates aren't included in WSUS servers by default, we may manually import them to WSUS server.

    >is there a limit on how many clients it can work with at a time?

    Check this article for detailed information:

    Determine WSUS Capacity Requirements

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708483(v=ws.10).aspx

    >are there any special features other then updating ?

    What feature do you want? It's mainly for update.

    Feel free to ask if you have other questions, if the replies could be of help to you, welcome to mark it as answer.

    Best Regards,

    Anne


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Monday, May 9, 2016 5:22 AM