By Mark Burnett
Microsoft’s recently released Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is another step in the goal of making patch management more efficient.
While WSUS isn’t loaded with features, as other patch-management solutions are, it is a free and easy way to manage patches in environments that mostly use Microsoft software. Here are some tips to get the most out of it.
1. Turn off unused languages
If you know you’ll never use updates in anything but your own language, save bandwidth and disk space by turning off all languages you don’t need. By default, WSUS downloads updates in all languages. You can change this by browsing to the Options page of the WSUS admin Web site, selecting Synchronization options, then clicking the Advanced button at the bottom of the page. From there, you can select exactly which languages you want to download.
2. Manually install the agent, if necessary
Occasionally, you might have trouble getting a system to connect to the WSUS server because your PC doesn’t have the proper client agent. If this happens, you can get the downloadable file from Microsoft and install it manually.
3. Run the diagnostic tools
If updating the client still doesn’t solve your problems, download the Client Diagnostic Tool to give you some more details about the problem.