I was thinking of setting up a 2nd WSUS server as I want to be able to have my servers point to one and desktops another. We struggle a bit with the WSUS view and distinguishing between servers and desktops, which patch for which, with our one WSUS server. This is probably just me! I thought that if I have desktops point at one, and servers the new WSUS server, it would be much easier. We're not a large site and this might be a bit extravagant but we’re not too worried about “wasting” resource (bandwidth, space, etc) if that’s what the easiest and tidiest solution requires.
Ideally I want to be able to launch WSUS for desktop and only see desktop and relevant patches and launch the server instance and only servers and relevant patches.
Can I just build a separate standalone 2nd WSUS server, have this pull the patches from MS and point servers to this? Or is there a better way to do this?
"Or is there a better way to do this?" - I would not separate those. You can use groups of machines, clients and servers separated. As for updates: why would you want to separate here, do you plan not to install certain updates on servers? Again groups could be used, just set those up in WSUS.