How to configure SBS 2008 to deploy automatically all the windows updates

Posted on 2009-02-19
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I am setting up a brand new network with a server running SBS2008 and 10 computers running windows vista business. However I need to be able to have all 10 computers configure to be able to be up to date with the windows updates - download and install the windows updates for vista.

 What I want to avoid is to give to the users on the network administrative rights to theirs work station, with the admin rights there is not problem to download and install the update from Microsoft.
If I give any other permission the user will be prompt for user name  password etc and that is not good for me.

What I need to know is if it is possible to configure the server the server to deploy the update to all 10 machines automatically, without the user intervention and minimums right for the user to his computer?

Any other way to accomplish this task is acceptable as well

Thanks in advance.!!

Question by:musiquito2001
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Philip Elder earned 750 total points
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WSUS is built-in on SBS 2008. Once you run the http://connect on the workstations to add them to the domain, the workstations will receive whatever updates you release via the Updates node in the SBS Console.

There is no need to make any changes to the default SBS.


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So I'll will break your explanation in 2 steps.

1) On the client - I have never use the HTTP://connect option to join a computer to the domain. I always go though the System properties tag\change \ and enter the domain name.

Could you please provide me more details on what to put using the http://connect option?

2) On the server there is nothing to configure? Or if there is, where and some instructions are really appreciated. example the time to deploy updates etc esclusion.
where can I located the Updates node that you are referring to?


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by:Philip Elder
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1: On the client you open IE, type "http://connect" to hit the Connect Computer Wizard. The wizard will initiate a shutdown once you have run through the steps giving users permissions on the box, then it will set permissions, group policy settings, and more on the client.

Manually adding a machine to any SBS 2003/8 domain misses the SBS wizard configuration which is crucial to tweaking the client machines for the specific SBS network.

2: Log onto the SBS box, the SBS Console should come up by default.
 Click Security --> Updates tab to get to the console version of WSUS.
You can manage all server and client updates from there.


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