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Windows Server Update Services Life Cycle and Road Map: Frequently Asked Questions

Published: December 20, 2007 | Updated: March 24, 2011

This FAQ answers questions about the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) support life cycle and road map. Click a question to view its answer.

A. WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2) was released in August 2009. It is a significant update from previous versions of WSUS and fully supports Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 clients. Visit the Windows Server Update Services site to download WSUS 3.0 SP2, get documentation, and find out more about WSUS.

A. Yes. WSUS 3.0 SP2 integrates with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 clients.

A. Microsoft stopped supporting WSUS 3.0 SP1 on October 12, 2010.

A. Microsoft no longer supports WSUS 3.0.

A. New Windows Server and Client Version Support

  • Integration with Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Support for Windows 7 client
  • Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2

WSUS Feature Improvements and Fixes

Auto-Approval Rules

  • Auto-approval rules now include the ability to specify the approval deadline date and time for all computers or specific computer groups.

Update Files and Languages

  • Improved handling of language selection for downstream servers includes a new warning dialog that appears when you decide to download updates only for specified languages

Easy Updates

  • WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be installed as an in-place upgrade from earlier versions of WSUS and will preserve all of your settings and approvals. The user interface is compatible between WSUS 3.0 SP1 and SP2 on the client and the server.


  • New Update and Computer Status reports provide the ability to filter on updates approved for installation. You can run these reports from the WSUS console or use the API to incorporate this functionality into your own reports.

Software Updates

  • Stability and reliability fixes for the WSUS server, such as support for IPV6 addresses greater than 40 characters
  • The approval dialog now sorts computer groups alphabetically by group name
  • Computer status report sorting icons are now functional in x64 environments
  • Fixed setup issues with database servers running Microsoft SQL Server 2008

A. WSUS 3.0 SP2 will install as a simple in-place upgrade on top of WSUS 3.0 SP1 or WSUS 3.0, preserving all your settings, approvals, and reports.