GFI LanGuard vs Microsoft Windows Server Update Services comparison

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We performed a comparison between GFI LanGuard and Microsoft Windows Server Update Services based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Patch Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The solution is easy to use and integrates well with other operating systems.""The most valuable features in GFI LanGuard are patch management and vulnerability assessment.""The initial setup was easy.""The most valuable features of GFI LanGuard are the vulnerability assessment, it provides us with substantial insight into what applications are running on the endpoint systems and what vulnerabilities are there in the running applications. The second would be the assets tracking. I'm able to see in the network whether my endpoint server is operating and if all the other IT equipment is running in the environment. Additionally, GFI LanGuard is not heavy on system resources. It gives a competitive advantage over others.""The most useful features of GFI LanGuard are vulnerability assessment and patching solutions.""It is helpful to patch and scan vulnerabilities.""The most valuable feature is that I am able to patch third-party solutions.""The most valuable feature of GFI LanGuard is its email spam feature."

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"The most valuable feature is Server Update's stability.""The most valuable features are that it is included with Windows, and it can be driven by Group Policy Objects (GPOs).""PowerShell is a valuable feature.""Compared to Linux, Windows Server’s setup is easier.""The central points of managing product updates have been the tool's most valuable features.""With WSUS, you can automatically install and distribute Microsoft security patches without using an internet connection for all clients and servers. It is not difficult to understand how it works and I think it's a very nice tool.""The noteworthy aspect is the system's capability to handle an extensive range of services and workloads, with the potential for almost unlimited scalability.""The most valuable feature is its ability to identify which updates are needed on a particular machine."

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"If GFI LanGuard had a cloud version it would be better for people that are working from home.""The only drawback with GFI LanGuard is that you cannot directly integrate it from the Outlook email; instead, you have to first log in to the site to make changes.""The version we are using only allows one person to use it at a time and does not allow multi-users.""GFI LanGuard has some technical limitations with machines.""When you want to uninstall software from an endpoint, sometimes it becomes very problematic.""GFI LanGuard can improve by adding more modules, such as asset control or asset inventory.""GFI LanGuard can improve by adding asset tracking.""GFI LanGuard could improve the rollback feature. If we have installed the wrong we have had some issues with the rollback function. Additionally, more input from GFI LanGuard for the custom software push install."

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"Microsoft Windows Server Update Services could improve by being less cumbersome to use. It's somewhat difficult to use, but we manage to get through it.""The product needs to improve its user interface.""Microsoft Windows Server Update Services must include functions for providing updates about inventory.""Could be improved with additional features such as an update alarm.""The ability to have more fine control within this solution is very important. It is not available for the solution in its current state.""The reporting is not as practical as I would like it to be.""A few bugs need to be figured out for the security side.""The database could be improved. In large environments, for example, we often get problems with reporting."

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  • "GFI LanGuard has very fair pricing compared to other similar solutions out there."
  • "We are a gold partner and we receive favorable discounts. The price of GFI LanGuard is competitive. When you evaluate other solutions, such as ManageEngine."
  • "GFI LanGuard cost approximately $1,000 annually to use the solution."
  • "On a scale of one to five, with one being expensive and five being competitive, I would rate the price as a four."
  • "GFI LanGuard isn't expensive."
  • "I rate the pricing of GFI LanGuard a four out of five."
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  • "Because it is not open-source, it has to compete with open-source solutions. Relatively it is expensive to open-source."
  • "The WSUS cost is included in Microsoft Windows, and there are no licensing fees."
  • "The integration is included in the Windows Server system, and there are no additional fees."
  • "This product comes included with Windows and can be used free of charge."
  • "The licensing of WSUS is free of charge because it comes with the Windows Server operating system, included as a feature of the operating system itself. It's simply a role that you enable within Windows Server."
  • "It doesn't need a license. It's offered for free with Microsoft."
  • "Microsoft's operating model determines the solution's pricing, and we use it based on our enterprise agreement, which incurs an annual cost."
  • "The solution is expensive, and the licensing costs are yearly."
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    Also Known As
    Windows Server Update Services, Microsoft WSUS, WSUS, Microsoft Software Update Services, Software Update Services, Microsoft SUS, SUS, MS Windows Server Update Services
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    GFI LanGuard enables complete patch management of security and non-security patches to Microsoft operating systems, Mac OS X, major Linux distributions and third-party applications. It can also automate patching for all major web browsers too.

    Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a patch management tool that simplifies the administrator’s task of deploying the latest Microsoft updates. Administrators use WSUS to manage the distribution of updates released through Microsoft Update to computers in their network.

    WSUS has features you can use to manage and distribute updates from a management console. The WSUS server can also be a source of updates to other servers within the organization, acting as an upstream server.

    Microsoft Windows Server Update Services Use Cases

    The four main use cases that WSUS adds value to businesses are:

    • Centralizes update management.
    • Automates update management.
    • Performs general patch management to ensure compliance and protect against vulnerabilities.
    • Downloads all endpoint updates from data centers to a central location and then distribute them across the organization’s network.

    Microsoft Windows Server Update Services Features

    This built-in server includes the following features:

    • Includes Windows PowerShell cmdlets.
    • Features client and server separation, which means you can deliver versions of the Windows Update Agent (WUA) separately from WSUS.
    • Automatic download of updates.
    • Deploy a targeted download of updates to a specific group of computers.
    • Multiple language support.
    • Advanced reporting capabilities.
    • Centralized management of network resources.


    In order to be able to use WSUS to manage and deploy updates, it is important to use a supported WSUS version, such as:

    • WSUS 10.0.14393
    • WSUS 10.0.17763
    • WSUS 6.2 and 6.3 with installed KB 3095113 and KB 3159706

    Microsoft Windows Server Update Services Benefits

    • Stable.
    • Ensures servers are always patched and prevents vulnerabilities.
    • Works great for internal updating.
    • Enforces automated updates and patching for applications.
    • Because the solution is used in the cloud, clients are always using the latest version.
    • Highly scalable and configurable regardless of the organization’s layout.

    Different Types of WSUS Deployments

    • Simple WSUS deployment: A server inside the corporate firewall serves clients via a private intranet. The WSUS server downloads updates by connecting to Microsoft Update. Using this model, you can configure multiple WSUS servers with a parent WSUS server.

    • Computer groups: You can use computer groups to deliver updates to specific computers. There are two basic computer groups: All Computers or Unassigned Computers. When a client first contacts the WSUS server, it is added to both. You can then create a group from the Unassigned Computers group to the new group.

    • WSUS server hierarchies: The flexibility of WSUS enables the creation of complex hierarchies of servers. To do this, you need only a single WSUS server connected to Microsoft Update. This will serve as an “upstream server,” and the connected servers as “downstream servers.”

      • You can link WSUS servers in two modes: autonomous or replica. In the autonomous mode, the upstream server shares the updates with the downstream servers but doesn’t update status or group information.

      • The upstream server shares updates, status, and group information in replica mode. You cannot administer replica servers apart from the upstream WSUS server.
    Sample Customers
    BayView Medical Clinic, FrugalBrothers Software, Zaw, National Theatre, American Red Cross
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    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Security Firm7%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business75%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise8%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services
    January 2024
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    GFI LanGuard is ranked 9th in Patch Management with 7 reviews while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is ranked 3rd in Patch Management with 23 reviews. GFI LanGuard is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of GFI LanGuard writes "A scalable, competitively priced solution with a good ROI and easy setup process ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Windows Server Update Services writes "Lets us manage all our organization's updates from a single management console". GFI LanGuard is most compared with ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus, Microsoft Configuration Manager, BigFix, Ivanti Patch for Endpoint Manager and Kaseya VSA, whereas Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is most compared with BigFix, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus, Ivanti Neurons Patch for Intune, Microsoft Configuration Manager and Ivanti Security Controls. See our GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services report.

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