Window 2003 Server as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

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    I have an old server running on Windows 2003, I was thinking if I could use this as my WSUS sever or should I just go ahead and use 2008 or 2012 instead?    What are the requirement to have WSUS installed on 2003 server?   What are the pros and cons? TIA
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
I ran a Windows 2003 WSUS for many years without issue
Now on Windows 2008.
I have always used a SQL database not the internal database too many issues with the internal database.

If you have no other use for the Windows 2003 then go for it.

Make sure you use WSUS 3.0 SP2
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you should be moving away from 2003 as it is out of support july 14
go with 2012 R2 - i have used WSUS on it without issues even with the internal database
sql could be fine for larger deployments but if you don't have that (or not even sql license) then it isn't worth it

functionality is generally the same though you have native support for the newer OS versions; with 2003 you need to install SP2 for windows 7/2008 R2 support then another update for windows 8/2012 support - though no support for 8.1 or 2012 R2 clients

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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
I have always used a SQL database not the internal database too many issues with the internal database

SQL database has a size limitation of 10 GB, whereas WID does not. So I dont get why anybody uses SQL. If you configure WSUS correctly and on a partition with enough room WID shouldnt give you any issues.
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