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Adding Servers to WSUS

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  • Hi -

    I'm trying to decide what would be best practice for the following situation. We have about 600 clients at multiple sites (high speed links) mananged by one WSUS Server and all of that is working correctly. We are wanting to add about 40 Servers to the WSUS managed environment. These servers would be Windows Server 2003, Exchange, and SQL Server. These Servers are currently manually updated ..

    My question would be what is the best practice way to manage this ? It seems to me if we add these 40 Servers to the managment console, it could become an administrative headache, with all of those extra updates populating the interface and the fact that the Servers may be updated a little less frequently due to longer testing cycles.

    I'm thinking a separate WSUS Server just for the Servers ...

    What are your thoughts or how do you manage this in your Environment ?

    Thanks,

    Ken


    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:54 PM

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  • A separate server for the data center is a reasonable solution, particularly if there is little or no crossover amongst the persons who would be managing updates for those systems.

    However, if the same administrators will be managing updates for all systems -- 600 clients and 40 servers, then the simpler solution is to add the 40 servers to the existing WSUS server and synchronize the Windows Server, Exchange, and SQL Server update content. You'll want to create the appropriate WSUS Target Groups for those servers, and you may also find some advantage in creating a Custom Update View for those categories of products (WinServer, Exchange, SQL Server).
    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2010)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
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    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:53 PM
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  • A separate server for the data center is a reasonable solution, particularly if there is little or no crossover amongst the persons who would be managing updates for those systems.

    However, if the same administrators will be managing updates for all systems -- 600 clients and 40 servers, then the simpler solution is to add the 40 servers to the existing WSUS server and synchronize the Windows Server, Exchange, and SQL Server update content. You'll want to create the appropriate WSUS Target Groups for those servers, and you may also find some advantage in creating a Custom Update View for those categories of products (WinServer, Exchange, SQL Server).
    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2010)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
    • Marked as answer by tnken Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:40 AM
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    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:53 PM
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  • Thanks !

    I will check into the Custom Views and see how that works and if it makes it manageable to have the Client and Server updates on the same server and then decide from there.

    The same administrators will be managing updates for all systems.
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:46 AM