Archive for November 4th, 2011

WSUS on non-domain systems

One issue with my shiny new WSUS toy that I did find was that, in theory, only Windows editions with access to Group Policy (namely, those editions labelled Professional and higher) can have the Windows Update server URL set.

Of course, in practical use, people have found a way. Whether it’s manually creating registry keys based on MS’s own documentation, or using a program that writes those registry values for you, there are ways around the Professional restriction.

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Next thing is to get that annoying Java Update installed. Or Java uninstalled. Most likely the latter.

Also, upgrade my Linux VMs to F16, and then (finally) set up the common update repo. Yay!

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New toy: WSUS

So I got WinSrv2008R2 free, courtesy of Dreamspark, and I’ve been messing around with it. I was thinking of creating a few Win7 VMs to mess around with Domains, Group Policy and the like, and one of the things that I found was some functionality called Windows Server Update Services.

Turns out WSUS is a program which acts as a LAN-sized Windows Update In A Box. I like the idea of optimizing bandwidth used, AND it seems to give me nice pretty graphs of updates that were applied to my laptop when I tried it out. I’m hooking it up to my desktop too, just for the fun of it – mainly because my laptop’s 32 bit while my desktop’s 64 bit, so any architecture specific files need to be downloaded for both.

And then I thought, “Hmm. Why not expand it to the rest of the systems in the house?” All the systems that are actively used are Microsoft-based:

  • Study computer? Windows XP (going to upgrade it before I leave for Canada)
  • Dad & bro’s laptops? Cheap Acers running Vista Home Premium
  • TV computer? Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Mum’s laptop? (which she may or may not be leaving in Canada permanently) Windows 7 Home Premium too.

So, clearly, there’s some way to use WSUS at home. I used to go to each of them to manually click the ‘update’ button before giving up and setting Windows Update to automatically update all of them.

Right now the setup I have works. But WSUS is shiny new, so I’m going to mess around with it. It might not last, and I might let it sit there and run, but it’ll be fun to mess around with.

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