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Design the WSUS 3.0 SP2 Deployment

Updated: July 19, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Before you deploy Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2, you should plan how you will implement WSUS in your environment. You should determine how many WSUS servers are required to service the client computers in your organization, and whether you want to manage those servers in a centralized or a distributed manner. You should become familiar with update options and decide how you want to store and distribute updates. You can review suggestions to optimize network bandwidth, and design the WSUS deployment for optimal performance.

In this guide

  • Design the WSUS Server Layout

    This topic describes simple WSUS server deployments that use a single WSUS server and more complex scenarios that include multiple WSUS servers. It describes how to set up downstream and upstream WSUS servers, and how set up centralized or distributed update management.



  • Design a WSUS Storage Strategy

    WSUS uses two types of storage systems: a database to store WSUS configuration and update metadata, and an optional local file system to store update files. This topic describes your deployment options for storing WSUS data.



  • Overview of WSUS Updates

    This topic describes the different types of WSUS updates and update classifications.



  • Plan for WSUS Update Languages

    This topic describes the update language options that you will encounter when you deploy WSUS, and it explains how those options affect different kinds of WSUS servers.



  • Plan WSUS Computer Groups

    This topic describes the planning process to create computer groups and to assign computers to computer groups.



  • Design for Optimized Performance

    This topic describes how to optimize bandwidth usage in a WSUS deployment.



  • Determine Capacity Requirements

    This topic includes WSUS test specifications and results. You can use this data as a guideline to develop your own test scenarios and to make hardware and software decisions for the WSUS deployment.



  • Plan Automatic Updates Settings

    This topic describes the Automatic Updates configuration options and their expected results.



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