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I installed SUS and im planning to set it up for windows 2000 pro SP4 workstations. do I have to approve all the updates for windows 2000? or just the ones that say for windows 2000 sp4.  thats alot of updates!
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From the info in this link, you really only need the updated for SP4.  Actually, SPs are a collection of updates and other fixes.  You only need the ones for after the release of SP4.

Q. Why is it that service packs are detected and installed by themselves, and then a second round of detection is required to pick up additional updates?
 
A. Service packs (as well as certain other updates) are exclusive in nature, meaning that they should be installed separately from any other update. When the Automatic Updates client detects updates and one of them is exclusive, only the exclusive update will be offered for install on the client machines. This ensures that after install and reboot, the next detection cycle by the Automatic Updates client will offer and install only updates that are applicable to the new service pack.
 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/sus/susfaq.mspx
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