WSUS 3.0 SP2 Beta Program now available on Microsoft Connect!

I am very pleased to announce that WSUS 3.0 SP2 Beta is available today, January 26, via the Connect Site. All you have to do is sign in to your Connect account or sign up now in order to participate in the Beta program.


WSUS 3.0 SP2 Beta Overview

New Windows Server and Client Version Support

· Integration with Windows Server® 2008 R2

· Support for Windows 7® client

· Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server® 2008 R2

WSUS Beta Feature Improvements and Fixes

Auto-Approval Rules

· New functionality lets you specify the approval deadline date and time.

· You can now apply a rule to all computers or to specific computer groups.

Update Files and Languages

· This release provides improved handling of language selection on downstream servers. A new warning dialog appears when you download updates only for specified languages.

Cross-Version Compatibility

· The user interface is compatible between Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 for WSUS 3.0 on both the client and the server.

Software Updates

· Stability and reliability fixes for the WSUS server, such as support for IPV6 addresses greater than 40 characters.

· The approval dialog now sorts computer groups alphabetically by group name.

· Computer status report sorting icons are now functional in x64 environments.

· Fixed setup issues with database servers running Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008.


Thank you very much in advance for your participation. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.



Cecilia Cole

WSUS Program Manager