Best practices WSUS servers - Backup


  • Hello, I would like please recommend me good practice in how to install WSUS updates on servers. With no end equipment problems as they have restore point, how do the servers? Theoretically a patch / update should not cause problems in the operating system but it is always better to be safe or be prepared. 

    Thank you.
    Friday, January 17, 2014 12:14 PM


  • Greetings.

    There really aren't any "best practices" with regard to how to install updates, because each organization has their own different requirements for when servers can be offline, which servers can be offline simultaneously, etc.

    The starting point is to define the business requirements for server availability, and then develop practices to be compliant with those business requirements.

    As for restore points.. most updates, particularly those to critical components of the operating system, will launch their own restore point if necessary. Any individual update is always capable of rollback from the individual server, simply by running the "uninstall" from the Windows Update applet.

    For the most part, patching with WSUS is absolutely no different than the patching policies you've had in place prior to implementing WSUS. The only difference is that now the servers get their updates from a LOCAL source rather than Microsoft, and you have more granular control over if/when any individual update gets installed.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
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    Friday, January 17, 2014 8:44 PM