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Configure the Firewall Between the WSUS Server and the Internet

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server Update Services

If there is a corporate firewall between WSUS and the Internet, you might need to configure the firewall to ensure that WSUS can obtain updates.

  • If there is a corporate firewall between WSUS and the Internet, you might need to configure that firewall to ensure that WSUS can obtain updates. To obtain updates from Microsoft Update, the WSUS server uses port 80 for HTTP protocol and port 443 for HTTPS protocol. This is not configurable.

  • If your organization does not allow those ports and protocols open to all addresses, you can restrict access to only the following domains so that WSUS and Automatic Updates can communicate with Microsoft Update:

    • http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

    • http://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com

    • https://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com

    • http://*.update.microsoft.com

    • https://*.update.microsoft.com

    • http://*.windowsupdate.com

    • http://download.windowsupdate.com

    • http://download.microsoft.com

    • http://*.download.windowsupdate.com

    • http://wustat.windows.com

    • http://ntservicepack.microsoft.com

noteNote
The steps for configuring the firewall above are meant for a corporate firewall positioned between WSUS and the Internet. Because WSUS initiates all its network traffic, there is no need to configure Windows Firewall on the WSUS server.

Although the connection between Microsoft Update and WSUS requires ports 80 and 443 to be open, you can configure multiple WSUS servers to synchronize with a custom port.

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