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WSUS server in a secondary site - Server 2012 R2

Posted on 2016-09-20
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Hi all,

What do you guys recommend ? I have a WSUS server on my primary site which controls updates only for the primary site. I have added another server for the Eastern region of the country so that clients over there can have local or nearer update source. So, do I sync the new server directly from Microsoft Updates ? Or will it be better to connect it to the primary WSUS server ? Both sites have excellent bandwidth though.

Thanks :)
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If you are the person responsible for the updates on the primary site (site A) and on the Eastern region too (site B), then it will be better to use the server in the site B as a downstream replica server of the WSUS on the primary site.
This will give you some key advantages like the following:

1. Using Scheduled Automatic Synchronization with WSUS on site A as update source in the WSUS server of site B will ensure the same update catalog as the WSUS on site A, giving you an organization-wide consistent available updates list. It is better to configure synchronization over night time, so the use of the inter-site link bandwidth will be less annoying.
2. Using This server is a replica of the upstream server on the WSUS of site B, you can mirror the update approvals, settings and groups from the parent server on site A. Updates are only approved on the WSUS in site A. This will reduce the administrative workload for yourself.

You can read more about WSUS replica mode here.
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