Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WSUS in Windows Server 8

Windows patching have become more crucial as when the number of windows server machine growth. However they is always a challenge in managing those area. Let talk a bit more about the history how it was done last time. The first time was using a manual way where by each of the machine have been configured to download a certain patches at a certain time so that the server can be patch in the maintenance windows. But this create a nightmare especially to the windows administrator who manage more than 100 servers. 

This is where by WSUS was introduce by Microsoft for the ease of patching and also a better management with a good reporting tools. As I have research some of it, not everyone are aware of the tools and this happen because they didn't see that is part of the windows feature inside the operating system, no one told them and also not sure what to search in the internet.

Microsoft are aware of the situation and they have decided to embedded the feature part of the Windows Server 8 roles. Now the operating system is still in developer preview and hopefully we can get more from it in the beta preview.

You will need Windows Server 8 to be installed with Windows Update Service.

  • You need to launch the server manager and click on the add roles option.
02 windows update service server manager

  • The wizard will be started, you can check the skip this page by default if you don't want this page to be appear next time. Click next to proceed with the installation.
03 windows update service wizard

  • Since now we are installing the server on a standalone server, you need to select the first option which is role-base or feature based installation. Click next to proceed with installation
04 windows update service installation type

  • Select the default settings and click next to proceed.
05 windows update service server selection

  • As you can see, the Windows Server Update Services option is there. Select the option and click next.
06 windows update service adding roles

  • Click next.
07 keep the defautl features selection

  • If this is the first time, you install Windows Server Update Services,I would recommend you to read the additional information.
08 windows update service notes
  • This is the default option. The Windows Server Update Services need to have the database to be installed in order to keep track of the patches and etc.Click next to proceed.
09 windows update service default setting

  • The recommendation is to store locally as when the client obtain the patches , the client can get it from the Windows Server Update Services. If the option is not check, the client will get the patches from internet and this can have an impact to your internet usage.
10 windows update service default setting

  • If you are not sure whether the installation will restart the server, suggest you to uncheck the option restart each destination server automatically if required.
11 windows update service installation confirmation

  • You can view the status of your installation status.
12 windows update service installation progress

  • Once your installation have completed, click the close option.
13 windows update service succeeded
  • After you have completed the installation, you will see the Windows Server Update Services is in your metro UI.
WSUS in metro UI
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  1. thank you so much!! i alway fallow you :D Good knowledge Thank you ...