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Step 2: Install WSUS on Your Server

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

After reviewing the installation requirements, you are ready to install WSUS. You must log on to the server you plan to install WSUS on by using an account that is a member of the local Administrators group. Only members of the local Administrators group can install WSUS.

The following procedure uses the default WSUS installation options for Windows Server 2003, which include installing Windows SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (WMSDE) for the WSUS database software, storing updates locally, and using the IIS Default Web site on port 80. You can find procedures for custom installation options, such as using a different operating system, different database software, or a Web site using a custom port number, in the “Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services” white paper.

  1. Double-click the installer file WSUSSetup.exe.

    noteNote
    The latest version of WSUSSetup.exe is available on the Microsoft Web site for Windows Server Update Services at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=47374.

  2. On the Welcome page of the wizard, click Next.

  3. Read the terms of the license agreement carefully, click I accept the terms of the License Agreement, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Update Source page, you can specify where clients get updates. If you select the Store updates locally check box, updates are stored on the WSUS server and you select a location in the file system to store updates. If you do not store updates locally, client computers connect to Microsoft Update to get approved updates.

    Keep the default options, and click Next.

    Select Update Source Page
  5. On the Database Options page, you select the software used to manage the WSUS database. By default, WSUS Setup offers to install WMSDE if the computer you are installing to runs Windows Server 2003.

    If you cannot use WMSDE, you must provide a SQL Server instance for WSUS to use, by clicking Use an existing database server on this computer and typing the instance name in the SQL instance name box. For more information about database software options besides WMSDE, see the “Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services” white paper.

    Keep the default options, and click Next.

    Database Options Page
  6. On the Web Site Selection page, you specify the Web site that WSUS will use. This page also lists two important URLs based on this selection: the URL to which you will point WSUS client computers to get updates, and the URL for the WSUS console where you will configure WSUS.

    If you already have a Web site on port 80, you may need to create the WSUS Web site on a custom port. For more information about running WSUS on a custom port, see the “Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services” white paper.

    Keep the default option and click Next.

    Web Site Selection Page
  7. On the Mirror Update Settings page, you can specify the management role for this WSUS server. If this is the first WSUS server on your network or you want a distributed management topology, skip this screen.

    If you want a central management topology, and this is not the first WSUS server on your network, select the check box, and type the name of an additional WSUS server in the Server name box. For more information about management roles, see the “Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services” white paper.

    Keep the default option and click Next.

    Mirror Update Settings Page
  8. On the Ready to Install Windows Server Update Services page, review the selections and click Next.

    Ready to Install Windows Server Update Services
  9. If the final page of the wizard confirms that WSUS installation was successfully completed, click Finish.

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