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A very basic WSUS question RRS feed

  • Question

  • Does WSUS need to be on a separate server from the DC and the other servers on the network? I'm setting up WSUS for the first time and this point isn't clear in any of the guides I've found.

     

    Thanks.

    Friday, April 15, 2011 7:33 PM

Answers

  • More significantly, the point was to recommend against installing WSUS on the Domain Controller. :-)

    WSUS can coexist with several other server services, including a DC, but installing applications on the DC is generally a discouraged practice.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2011)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
    Friday, April 15, 2011 9:02 PM
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  • Installing it on a DC will work (I have done so myself). However do not under any circumstances promote a server to a DC after you have already installed WSUS. I have also done that in the past and it isnt pretty.
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6:20 PM

All replies

  • I'm not sure about "need" but recommended would probably be correct. 
    Friday, April 15, 2011 7:48 PM
  • OK, so ideally this should be a server that has no other function in the network except to run WSUS?
    Friday, April 15, 2011 8:10 PM
  • More significantly, the point was to recommend against installing WSUS on the Domain Controller. :-)

    WSUS can coexist with several other server services, including a DC, but installing applications on the DC is generally a discouraged practice.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2011)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
    Friday, April 15, 2011 9:02 PM
    Moderator
  • True, but it will and does work on a DC.


    Remember I Know Nothing Either.....Good Luck
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 5:41 AM
  • Installing it on a DC will work (I have done so myself). However do not under any circumstances promote a server to a DC after you have already installed WSUS. I have also done that in the past and it isnt pretty.
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 6:20 PM