Using WSUS

Posted on 2012-03-22
Last Modified: 2016-02-21
I've completed setting up, configuring and testing my GPO and WSUS installation.  I have approx. 3500 updates that need attention.  Several of them say that they've been superseded.  Is there a cheat sheet somewhere that I can use to approve the updates that have been confirmed safe so I can pare that number down?  

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You probably don't need to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what and what not to approve, based on whether a given update has been superceded.  WSUS will figure that out for you.  Approve everything by major category (Windows 7 x64, Office 2010, etc, whatever you're actually running there) and let WSUS do the heavy lifting.  I used to obsess over this and spent hours trying to wade through thousands of updates one by one, then I figured out I really didn't need to worry about it.  As long as you have adequate storage space for all the updates you'll be fine.
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pjam earned 75 total points
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Try running the "Server cleanup Wizard" in WSUS.  It will remove superceeded etc, see jpeg
server cleanup wizard

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ID: 37757492
Dave: We're a TS environment with 4000+ users on 200+ servers....I'm just concerned about pushing one update out that breaks something and then having to figure out which update caused it to break.  

pjam:  I ran that cleared off about 80 updates :)
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ID: 37757538
Sorry should have mentioned earlier, have you removed any OS or products you do not need such as Itanium etc in "Products and Calssifications"?
also have you selected Languages in "Update files and Languages"?
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IT-Monkey-Dave earned 75 total points
ID: 37757652
I get what you're saying. For a while I used my system to test new updates for a week prior to releasing to the general population.  For example you could create a WSUS category of systems "Test", populate it with a few representative test machines, and release to them first.  Then later release to the general population.  I stopped doing that because it just wasn't necessary for us.  We have several different major disciplines like art, programming, design.  The pre-testing never once turned up any issues.  In fact I can't recall a single update that has caused us any problems since we started using WSUS a few years ago.  I do wait about 1 week after the updates are released by Microsoft before I approve them.  That way everyone else on the planet is testing them for us and if something is horribly wrong with a particular update, it will have been outed by then and fixed or recalled by MS.  We review and approve updates on Mondays.
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We do not make those decisions locally anymore, as we are now a downstream WSUS.  However I have been a subscriber to Windows Secrets and Langa List before that.
That said, Susan Bradley always has a "Patch Watch" on MS update week recommending updates and recommending which to skip.  Not much help for the bulk you at looking at, but going forward it would be useful.

Author Comment

ID: 37758871
pjam - Yeah, I only have the products that I know for a fact are on our network, but with 3 different server OS's and 2 different MS Office versions, it didn't take long to add up.  Thank you for the Susan Bradley ref....that's added to the bookmarks as we move forward.

Dave - That's pretty much the plan I had come up with...different OU's with different GPO's and drop the computers into the appropriate OU.  Release the updates to a few test servers that run most of the applications on our system and then release them a week later to everyone else.  It looks like doing it with OU's and GPO's is going to be an easier way to manage the groups than anything else.  

Having said all of that, I'm dropping those guinea pigs into an OU today to deploy the updates tomorrow night and I'm going to push everything out and see what happens.  There's too much here to go through them and be selective.  I host over 200 different applications and it's impossible to see how a patch will affect all of them, much less 3500.

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Appreciate the help from pjam and IT-Monkey-Dave.  I ran the cleanup wizard and am just going to push out all the updates to my farm.  Thanks guys!

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