Downloading ONE Windows Update for multiple computers? WSUS without using WSUS? Slipstreaming XP for ANY computer?
Posted on 2006-11-05
We are a humble computer company that loads a fresh copy of XP onto about 15-20 computers a week on computers of all makes including OEM, retail, academic and OEM SLP licenses. So 15-20 a week we need to request *critical* Windows/Microsoft updates. Even though our broadband connection is ok most of the time, we are consistently only receiving 20-30k/s throughput on Windows Updates - this seems throttled at the MS end. And it's slooooow. It takes 50-70 minutes per computer.
We need to find a way to reduce the time the Windows/Microsoft update portion of these jobs, as we are a growing company and the updates are always getting larger. With SP3 on the distant horizon, there seems little temporary relief in the short term.
Our own environment is XP Pro peer-to-peer, and Windows Server is complete overkill for our own needs. This is why WSUS isn't an option, and I am looking for ANY other method, that allows us to download Windows/Microsoft updates once, store them locally, and then have the client computers updated from our local copies.
I don't mind if the processess of creating and updating the local library of updates is a manual process and/or a little time consuming (that's what apprenticeships are for ;). I'm looking for ANY way to only do ONE Windows/Microsoft update a day to one workshop computer, and have the customers run their Updates from that. Something similar to the SP1 and SP2 update packs as supplied by MS.
Now, there is lots of info about slipstreaming CDs, so therein may lie some degree of an answer, but I somehow have not been able to put my finger on a method that's going to be able to download ALL the critical updates AND present them in an installable format on a number of computers which are completely different in age, brand and internal makeup.
I don not know if this against EE rules (in which case I immediately withdraw the offer), but any person who can help us out here to achieve at least a 50% improvement in the time spent on updates can expect at least 2000 additional points. (After all, it says right here on the page: "Experts compete to earn these points. Don't be stingy!") :)