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 PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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7 comments on “WSUS 3.0 Now Available for Download
  1. Matthew Wetmore (MSFT) says:

    Just FYI: You don’t need to do the CONSOLE_INSTALL=1 as you did during the beta. When you run setup, it will either give you the option of a full server or console on a server OS, or just the console on a client OS.

    And yes, you need more than the .MSC. MSC files are essentially to MMC as .DOC files are to Word. The console only install includes API remoting components necessary to connect to remote servers – and also support things like PowerShell scripts run locally that remotely connect to a WSUS server.

    Thanks for the blog post with the good results!

  2. Chrissy says:

    Hey Matthew,
    Thanks for the note and the clarification of MSC! I’ll update the blog post.

  3. Matthew Wetmore (MSFT) says:

    Thanks for posting the link to the scripts – I didn’t know they’d gone live yet. I wrote many of those. :) We’ll work on some other samples as time allows.

  4. Chrissy says:

    Hah that’s cool. I look forward to your new ones!

  5. Avinash says:

    thanks for providing detail…

  6. KIRATN says:

    HI MY NAME IS KIRTAN PATEL I NEED YOUR HELP YOU PLEASE ADVISE ME HOW TO WSUS SERVER CONFIGURE
    IN SERVER 2003 SO PLEASE HELP ME I WAIT YOUR REPLY

  7. afroz quraishi says:

    i want to download wsus so please give me details …how will downloal wsus…..

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