Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 2.0

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

Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) provides a comprehensive solution for managing updates within your network. This document offers step-by-step instructions for basic tasks involved with deploying WSUS on your network. Use this guide to perform the following tasks:

  • Install WSUS to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

  • Configure WSUS to obtain updates from Microsoft.

  • Configure client computers to install updates from WSUS.

  • Approve, test, and distribute updates.

Although WSUS is a feature-rich update-management solution, this guide offers only a single way to accomplish any of these tasks. When there are options to perform a task in different ways, a note calls out these choices and points to more comprehensive instructions in the “Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services” white paper or the “Microsoft Windows Server Update Services Operations Guide” white paper. The latest versions of these documents are available on the Microsoft Web site for Windows Server Update Services at


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