WSUS 3.0 Now Available for Download

Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 is now available for download.

I updated 4 of my servers from WSUS 2.0 to 3.0 today with no apparent problems – the install was very smooth. The biggest difference so far is the move from WSUS Administration being web-based to being an MMC 3.0 snap-in.

If you’d like to administer your WSUS 3.0 install from a workstation, just double click WSUS3Setupx86.exe and select Administration Console Only when prompted. Once installed, the snap-in can be found under Administrative Tools -> Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0. I thought of just yanking the wsus.msc module itself but it seems the Console_install switch installs not only that file but also 230+ of its friends. According to the Microsoft employee who left a comment below, you must install the entire package for the msc to work.

TechNet also added a section for Server-Side management on Windows Update Server. The current scripts include:
Delete Empty Target Groups
Re-index the WSUS 3.0 Database
Server Status for Approved Updates
Server Status Summary for All Computers and Updates
Start Server Synchronization

WSUS 3.0 also allows administration from the command line using both wsutil and Powershell via the WSUS 3.0 API.

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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