WSUS 3.0 RC released
Posted 15 Feb 2007, 13:49
Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 Release Candidate delivers new features that enable administrators to more easily manage and deploy updates across the organization. New features in WSUS 3.0 Release Candidate include an MMC-based user interface with advanced filtering and reporting, improved performance and operational reliability, flexible deployment options to improve branch office support, and more content access through the Microsoft Update Catalog site.
New in Windows Server Update Services 3.0
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 provides a number of new features, making WSUS easier to use, deploy, and support. Specifically, WSUS 3.0 provides improvements in the following areas:
• Ease of use
• Improved deployment options
• Better support for complex server hierarchies
• Better performance and bandwidth optimization
• Extend WSUS 3.0 using improved APIs
Ease of use
Manage WSUS from the Administration Console
The WSUS 3.0 administration console has moved from a Web-based console to a plug-in to the Microsoft Management Console version 3.0. The new user interface provides the following features:
• Home pages at each node containing an overview of the tasks associated with the node
• Advanced filtering
• New columns allowing you to sort updates according to MSRC number, MSRC severity, KB article, and installation status
• Column selection, sorting, and reordering
• Shortcut menus, allowing you to right-click and choose an action
• Reporting integrated with update views
• Custom views
Manage WSUS remotely
The WSUS 3.0 administration console can be installed on other computers in the network to manage the WSUS 3.0 server remotely.
Configure post-setup tasks using a wizard
A configuration wizard guides new users through the process of post-setup server configuration.
Generate multiple reports with improved precision
Reports can now be generated directly from the update view. You can report on a subset of updates, such as security updates that are needed by computers but not yet approved for installation. You can create reports on all computers managed by a replica hierarchy, and you can save these reports in Excel or PDF format.
Maintain server health more easily
WSUS 3.0 now logs detailed server health information in the event log. A Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) pack is now available to monitor events generated by the WSUS server.
Get e-mail messages about new updates
The server has built-in support for e-mail notification for new updates and for update compliance summaries.
Remove old information easily
The cleanup wizard allows you to remove old computers, updates, and update files from your server.
Upgrade seamlessly from WSUS 2.0 to WSUS 3.0
WSUS 3.0 can be installed on a server that already has WSUS 2.0 installed. The installation process will perform an in-place upgrade that preserves all the previous settings and approvals. The process of upgrading a server hierarchy should start from the central server and continue down the hierarchy. A WSUS 2.0 server can synchronize from a WSUS 3.0 server, but a WSUS 3.0 server cannot synchronize from a WSUS 2.0 server. Upgrading from WSUS 2.0 to WSUS 3.0 is a one-way process; going back to WSUS 2.0 requires that you first remove WSUS 3.0, then reinstall WSUS 2.0.
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Improved deployment options
Obtain updates faster
With WSUS 3.0 you can configure a server to synchronize updates automatically as often as once per hour (compared to once a day with WSUS 2.0). This improvement allows new updates to replicate through your corporation more quickly.
Set more automatic approvals
WSUS 3.0 auto-approval rules allow you to specify different products and update classifications, such as automatic approval for definition updates for Microsoft Word. In addition, WSUS 3.0 supports the creation of multiple auto-approval rules, rather than a single rule. Auto-approval rules will now be applied to all updates that are currently on the WSUS server.
Limit access to read-only reporting
Members of the “WSUS Reporters” security group will have read-only access to the server. Members can generate reports but not approve updates or configure the server.
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Better support for complex server hierarchies
Manage multiple servers from a single console
The WSUS 3.0 administration console will allow you to inspect and manage all the WSUS servers in your hierarchy.
Create reports for all computers
You can now create update reports for all the computers managed by a replica hierarchy.
Configure servers in a cluster
WSUS 3.0 servers can now be configured in a cluster for fault tolerance. Such servers must all point to the same SQL database instance, which can also be clustered.
Toggle replica mode
You can now move a child server between replica mode and autonomous mode without needing to reinstall WSUS 3.0.
Assign clients to multiple target groups
In WSUS 3.0 a computer can belong to multiple target groups (for example, both a “Desktops” group and a “Test” group). In addition, you can create hierarchical groups (for example, a “Servers” target group with the child groups “Critical Servers” and “Non-Critical Servers”). You can specify approvals for the parent target group that will automatically be inherited by computers in the child groups.
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Better performance and bandwidth optimization
Utilize faster performance
WSUS 3.0 registers an approximately 50 percent scalability improvement over WSUS 2.0. In addition, WSUS 3.0 comes with native x64 support to further improve performance and scalability on 64-bit hardware.
Specify languages in branch offices
To save disk space and network load, you can now configure a branch office to download updates in fewer languages than the central server. For example, you can configure the central server to download updates in all languages and a branch office to download updates in English only.
Configure separate content and metadata channels
Branch offices with narrowband connections to the central server but broadband connections to the Internet can now be configured to get metadata from the central server and update content from Microsoft Update.
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Extend WSUS 3.0 using improved APIs
Move up to .NET Framework 2.0 Support
The new API is based on .NET Framework 2.0.
Go beyond the WSUS console with APIs for advanced management tools
New APIs have been created for use by advanced management tools (such as System Center Essentials). These features are not exposed in the WSUS administration console.
Add optional installation approvals to administrator options
The new API supports creating approvals for “optional installation,” which tells the Windows Update Agent to make the update available for installation in the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, but not via Automatic Updates.
Collect hardware and software inventories
The new API supports collecting hardware and software inventories from managed devices.
Expand the set of updates with local publishing
The new API supports publishing applications and third-party updates, allowing the WSUS infrastructure to also distribute updates by other companies.
UpdateHF - force client to download and install approved Windows Updates: Download Script
SetAuthorization - Perform a /resetauthorization and /detectnow against a remote computer where you have administrative privileges: Download Script
Posted 12 Apr 2007, 14:35
I recently migrated to WSUS 2 and now I am planning on moving towards version 3.0. I need to know if I install the beta version of WSUS3.0 on top of WSUS 2.0 will it work ok or not and can I get some guidence on that. My second concern is once the full version 3.0 released will I be able to install on top of WSUS 3.0 Beta or I need to uninstall it and then install Full version 3. Will I loose anything data during the conversion of beta to full. Please let me know. Since you said good things about version 3 I think I will mover forward because we still have XPSP1 patches that needs to install and WSUS3 can handle that task for me.
Look forward for ur message.
Posted 18 Apr 2007, 05:53
as a matter of fact im having the same question as RESULT is having. Bob we will be waiting for your reply !
This post has been edited by Chaudry: 18 Apr 2007, 05:54