Wsus for Computer Shop

Posted on 2009-04-07
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
We own a computer shop and have 22 benches.  When the techs get busy and are running windows update it really hits our fiber internet line.   I want to deploy a WSUS server that new pc's and customer pc's in for repair can use to grab all updates they need.   I am not sure of WSUS is designed for this.   From what I have read it appears that it's best suited for a domain env.  
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WSUS is not really designed for what you are requesting. It's more intended for deployment on enterprise networks, where all machines are the member of an Active Directory domain.

While it would theoretically be possible to deploy WSUS and then manually configure the workstations you have on the bench to connect to the server, you would find this slows your work down significantly. You would be forced to wait for the background communication and update detection to take place with WSUS - which can take 24-hours or more.

Continuing to use the Windows Update interface would be more suitable for you.

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by:Abhay Pujari
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Yes true. I can provide you some documents. please go through it.
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The point I was trying to make is that while it is possible by means of several registry changes, you wouldn't want to do it. It would give you a lot of overhead in adding/removing the appropriate registry changes, as well as waiting for the negotiation and detection of the client by WSUS which can take hours.

The files uploaded by the previous user refer to SUS, not WSUS. The server-side configuration isn't the same, so keep this in mind.

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Donald Stewart earned 2000 total points
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For your situation you can try one of these two options
Offline updater
download here:
Or autopatcher

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Offline updater looks really cool and like it would work I am downloading updates now and going to try.  Thanks!

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Both are good put autopatcher seems to be the best for us.  Thanks a million!  What a time saver and bandwidth saver this will be.

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