Technical differences WSUS vs SCCM RRS feed

  • Question

  • Microsoft tools to handle their patching needs: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM or ConfigMgr).

    Can we do OS upgrade or new install or re-image? or only for OS updates?

    Please share major differences between these two solutions.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:40 AM

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  • Hello,
    You could patch your clients by WSUS. It is a role built in the sever OS and it is simple to install and configure.
    CM is just a product of the SC suit. It can provide update services to clients through integration with WSUS. More than that, it also provides various management functions for the client such as inventory, compliance, OS installation, refresh, upgrade, etc. It is more powerful and more complex. You could get more information from following link. However, If your purpose is to patch the system, WSUS is enough.
    Best Regards,

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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:38 AM
  • WSUS is used by SCCM as distribution points (why re-invent the wheel?). In essence, WSUS comes with the Server product and does patch management for Microsoft delivered systems. SCCM builds on WSUS and allows you not only 3rd party software patching, but also a true deployment methodology complete with steps, deployment from PXE boot with mutli-casting, and more.

    WSUS handles Windows 10 Upgrades, is fairly easy to setup and manage, and is less complex than SCCM.

    Take a read through my 8 part blog series on How to Setup, Manage, and Maintain WSUS -


    Adam Marshall, MCSE: Security
    Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:44 AM