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Update Services Default Configuration

Updated: July 13, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008

When you finish installing Windows SBS 2008, Update Services is installed, and the first synchronization of the update definitions is scheduled for 10:00 P.M. You can start a manual synchronization by opening the Windows SBS Console, clicking Security, clicking Updates. and then clicking Synchronize now.

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For the synchronization to succeed, the server that is running Windows SBS 2008 must be connected to the Internet. Use the Connect to the Internet Wizard to make sure the server is connected to the Internet.

You must be a network administrator to complete this procedure.

To run the Connect to the Internet Wizard
  1. Open the Windows SBS Console.

  2. On the User Account Control page, click Continue.

  3. In the Getting Started Tasks, click Connect to the Internet.

  4. Complete the wizard to configure your connection to the Internet.

Software update settings

The settings that are required to run Update Services are configured for you when you complete the installation. To view or change these default settings, on the Windows SBS Console, click Security, click Updates, and then click Change the software update settings. The default settings are summarized as follows:

Software Update Settings

Location Default setting

Server Updates tab

The update level is set to Medium. At this level, Update Services automatically downloads and approves security, critical and definition updates, and all Windows Small Business Server update rollups for installation on servers that are registered with Update Services.

Client Updates tab

The update level is set to High. At this level, Update Services automatically downloads and approves security, critical and definition updates, all service packs, and all Windows Small Business Server update rollups for installation on client computers that are registered with Update Services.

Schedule tab

  • For servers: The update level is set to Download the updates, and then notify the administrator that the updates are ready to be installed. This setting requires user intervention to install updates.

  • For client computers: The update level is set to Install the updates according to this schedule, and then, if necessary, restart the client computer. This setting does not require user intervention to install the updates.

    The default schedule for installing updates on client computers is Every day at 3:00 A.M.

Included Computers tab

Client computers and additional servers on the Windows SBS network are detected automatically and then included in the Servers or Clients computer group.

Language setting for updates

The default language for updates is determined by the language setting of the server that is running Windows SBS 2008. For example, if the language setting of your server is German, updates that are downloaded for the network are in German by default. Updates in English are also included by default.

Additionally, if Update Services detects a computer on the network that has a different language setting for the operating-system, updates that are downloaded for the network are in that language as well. For example, if the language setting of the server is English, but the language setting of a client computer is German, updates that are downloaded for the server are in English, and updates that are downloaded for the client computers are in German. In other words, Update Services downloads updates in every operating system language that is registered with Update Services.

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Update Services cannot detect the language of individual applications that are installed on a computer. For example, if you have the French version of Microsoft Office 2007 installed on a computer that is running the English version of Windows Vista, Update Services does not detect the language of Office 2007.

In these instances, you must use the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) administrator's console to select the additional language to download.

You cannot change the language setting for updates by using the Update Services snap-in in the Server Management console. To change the language setting for updates, you must use the WSUS administrator's console.

You must be a network administrator to complete this procedure.

To select additional languages for updates
  1. Click Start, point to Administrative tools, and then click Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1.

  2. On the User Account Control page, click Continue.

  3. In the navigation pane, click Options.

  4. On the Options page, click Update Files and Languages.

  5. In the Update Files and Languages dialog box, click the Update Languages tab, and then choose the languages that you want to receive updates in.

  6. Click OK to close the Update Files and Languages dialog box.

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