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Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server Update Services

Published: April 27, 2010

Updated: July 19, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

In Windows management, best practices are guidelines that are considered the ideal way, under typical circumstances, to configure a server as defined by experts. Best practice violations, even the very important violations, are not necessarily problematic. They may indicate server configurations that can result in poor performance, poor reliability, unexpected conflicts, increased security risks, or other potential problems.

Topics in this section can help you bring into compliance with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2 best practices that are running on Windows Server® 2008 R2. This information is most valuable to administrators who have completed a Best Practices Analyzer scan of WSUS, and who want more information about how to interpret and resolve scan results that identify areas of WSUS that are out of compliance with best practices.

For more information about Best Practices Analyzer and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer on Microsoft TechNet.

WSUS lets information technology administrators deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to computers that are running the Windows operating system. By using WSUS, administrators can fully manage the distribution of updates that are released through Microsoft Update to computers in their network.

For more information about WSUS, see the Windows Server Update Services Web page.

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