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  • Deploying Updates to Server 2003 Machines

    Hello!

    My company has approximately 15 servers, each running Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2, that serve a variety of functions.

    I want to find a way to manage updates and patches for all of the servers from a central point, where all are downloaded only once and deployment is handled according to our schedule.

    However, given the nature of these servers, updates cannot automatically reboot the machines at any time, even in the middle of the night, unless we are aware of it in advance. I have looked at the Windows SUS for deployment, but it seems like while it gives you control over the selection of updates and the time when they are deployed, updates are still going to be installed automatically and those that require a reboot will cause it to happen, though it looks as though you can delay the reboot for a preset period of time.

    What I would really prefer is not to have updates auto-deployed at all. I would like to have our update server check for and download updates on a regular basis, but then for us to manually log into it periodically, choose the updates we want deployed, and push them out to the other machines on the network at the time of our choosing.

    Is there a way I am missing to have SUS do things in this manner? Or is there another tool, either built-in to Server 2003 or available separately, to accomplish what I want?

    Thanks in advance for all assistance!

    - Tom

    Last edited by biggles77; 17th January 2009, 08:23. Reason: Removed unnecessary URLs to offsite forum.

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    Re: Deploying Updates to Server 2003 Machines

    While there are a number of third party products that handle updates, the last time I looked at WSUS (which was a few years ago) there was the ability to download the updates but hold them for approval. Try looking deeper into the settings.

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      Re: Deploying Updates to Server 2003 Machines

      WSUS Homepage - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx

      Not sure from your post if you are confusing SUS with WSUS. (SUS has been unavailable for quite some time now with WSUS up to version 3 SP1 )
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        Re: Deploying Updates to Server 2003 Machines

        Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
        While there are a number of third party products that handle updates, the last time I looked at WSUS (which was a few years ago) there was the ability to download the updates but hold them for approval. Try looking deeper into the settings.
        The important settings for this are managed in the same GPO you use to point the servers to WSUS, they are not managed by WSUS itself.
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