Alternatives to using WSUS on a closed network

Glen Krinsky
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I have a test lab that does not connect to the internet and am looking to have some sort of WSUS-like product to facilitate patches and updates.  I know WSUS can be run in an offline environment using the export and import features, but is anyone out there familier with another product that will let me download updates, burn to cd, and them put them on  a server for deployment?
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You can use WSUS Offline

http://www.wsusoffline.net/docs/


The created CD/DVD will need to be run on each system individually
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My team uses AutoPatcher under similar circumstances.  It's updated on monthly basis, and you can use the top-level folder that it creates to perform updates over a network share or burn them to a CD-R and use  the "sneaker net."  It works quite well...

http://www.autopatcher.com/forums/
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I am really looking for for something that runs an applett or small client on the remote machine and allows a push or pull option.
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Well, you could conceivably host the updated AutoPatcher folder on a centrally shared server and create a shortcut on the Public desktop to the application executable file.  As a result, your IT admin staff could pull down the updates in a similar manner to the way they would if they were manually initiating a Windows Update search on an Internet.

Just something to consider.
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I think I am going to go with the offline WSUS solution.  Thanks for your input.

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