WSUS Server Setup

I have WSUS server (WSUS01) at our data center. it works nice as far as having the member servers report to the WSUS server. currently, no patches are being deployed by this system. Group policy is configured on the our domain to point the member servers to WSUS01 but to not download/install any patches.

I would like to setup a patch management which is to manage updates by environment according to a regular schedule. Patches would need to be successfully tested in DEV environment before it gets approved for UAT, and then needs to be successfully tested in UAT before it gets approved for PROD.

I am not sure at all that how it is possible, as this may require some of the GPO Profiles for each division. Also, we need to setup the process for approving updates for Each division via WSUS.


Can anyone please help me get step by step guide to accomplish this or in case any Free 3rd Party application is available which can meet my requirement, i wouldn't mind to give it a try.
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Sushil SonawaneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have create a UAT environment for windows patches testing then deploy on proudcation environment.

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1) Create a UAT OU in your AD and add 2 machine from every department in UAT OU.
2) Step up another UAT WSUS server in you producation  environment.
3) Configured group policy pointing  to new WSUS  for windows patches for UAT OU.
4) After testing your patches UAT OU machine then download as per your requirement patches on your live WSUS server and deploy on producation environment.
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SandeepWalveConnect With a Mentor Commented:
1 You can manually create groups in the WSUS like DEV, UAT and PROD to add servers manually in it by yourself.

2 You can create three different GPO each pointing to add system in above Groups at WSUS Level, but the decision on policy apply need to be done through OU. So you have to create OU and put them servers in correct OU where proper policy is applied etc.

Later you can approve the patches on DEV first. Do patching, if successful then approve same level of patches on UAT, do application testing. And finally approve it for PROD and finish it through.
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DonConnect With a Mentor Network AdministratorCommented:
You would be configuring what's called Client Side Targeting.

Good Example here

http://prajwaldesai.com/how-to-configure-client-side-targeting-in-wsus/
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