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Windows Software Update Service (WSUS)

Learning About Software Update Services

Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) performs the Windows Update function without requiring a browser. It automatically downloads service packs, critical updates and security updates for Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP,Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista.

Campus IT administrators can use SUS to handle critical update management by selecting which items will be published internally to UT servers and individual Windows machines.

Faculty, staff and students responsible for Windows systems management or for maintaining individual Windows systems can use the campus SUS service. However, if using a departmental Windows computer, you should consult your system administrator before configuring SUS. To configure the computer to use SUS or to install updates downloaded from the SUS server, you must be able to log on as an administrator.

SUS consists of both client-side and server-side components. The client-side components are included as part of the operating system in Windows 2000 SP3 and later, Windows XP SP1 and later, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista.

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Last updated March 9, 2012 @ 10:01 am

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