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Installing WSUS on SBS 2003 Premium

Hi all,

Looking for a definitive answer & explanation on the best route to install WSUS on SBS 2003 Premium. Actually, this is a question copied almost verbatim from one of the newsgroups that didn't get a definitive answer IMHO.

1) Should I use the SQL2000 database as the WSUS database or should
I stick with WMSDE?  (Note that when I installed the Premium technologies I
upgraded all the databases - except SBSMONITORING - to use SQL2000)

2) If I do use SQL2000 then do I just install onto the default instance or
should I create another?  I'm not clear here on when or if you should create
another SQL instance and exactly how to do it so any advice appreciated.  I
do have another 3rd party application that will need to use SQL2000 later on
if that matters.

3) If I do use SQL2000 what do I need to before the WSUS install to "prepare
it" for the install?

4) My server is not OEM, so I don't expect to run into any strange install
problems like I've seen documented in the NG's & BLOG's with OEM SBS
servers.  Are there any other issues that I am not aware of?

And as for the choice of database, can someone please explain the reasoning behind their choice...

The Microsoft step-by-step talks about extracting the wsus files, running a command line command to create the wmsde database and then running WSUS setup. There is a reference in the newsgroup thread to an article to, but that content is no longer publicly available.

Feel free to answer just a part of this question!


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There is no issue Just you have to make sure that you have enough space on the partition you will store the updates.
The installation is smooth and I haven't seen much problem with this version. This version is much better than SUS (previous).

Take a look at this link it will help even that I believe that you have read some documentations before. Better safe than sorry.

Good luck!
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Hi Guys, thanks.

Jeff- I thought pretty much the same myself, can't see why I need to use anything other than WMSDE... but what's with the deployment guide talking about extracting, running wmsde setup separately etc? I have set up dozens of WSUS servers (albeit Server 2k3, not SBS), and since WMSDE installs happily & automatically, is this step necessary?

On SBS R2, I'll upgrade alright, but I'd rather get WSUS going than wait a few months and leave the workstations to do it individually and hogging bandwidth!


It's necessary because the installer does not issue the right configuration commands for the WMSDE setup, which for SBS is:

Sqlrun03.msi InstanceName=WSUS BlankSAPwd=1 Reboot=ReallySuppress DisableNetworkProtocols=1 DisableAgentStartup=1 DisableThrottle=1

You can only accomplish this if you install WMSDE first.

Regarding the hogging of bandwidth... I've seen WSUS installs on SBS's that will do that all by themselves... so there's no guarantee there.

Haha OK then... thanks for the tips!