New in Windows Server Update Services

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server Update Services

WSUS is the next version of Software Update Services (SUS). It builds on the features of SUS by providing the following:

  • More updates for Microsoft products.

  • Ability to automatically download updates from Microsoft Update by product and type.

  • Additional language support for customers worldwide.

  • Maximized bandwidth efficiency through Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.0. (BITS 2.0 is not installed by WSUS, and is available on Windows Update.)

  • Ability to target updates to specific computers and computer groups.

  • Ability to verify that updates are suitable for each computer before installation (this feature runs automatically for critical and security updates).

  • Flexible deployment options.

  • Reporting capabilities.

  • Flexible database options.

  • Data migration and import/export capabilities.

  • Extensibility through the application programming interface (API).


For more information about WSUS features, see Features of Windows Server Update Services, later in this document.