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GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"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 valuable features in GFI LanGuard are patch management and vulnerability assessment.""I like that the solution can block users from unnecessarily putting devices on the network.""The solution is easy to use and integrates well with other operating systems."

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"The most important aspect is that we can centrally deploy the updates that are necessary for the organization. It's important.""Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is highly stable. It is one of the most stable solutions from Microsoft.""The most valuable features are that it is included with Windows, and it can be driven by Group Policy Objects (GPOs).""Provides the ability to create multiple downstream servers.""Setup is very simple and straightforward.""A valuable feature about this solution is that it enforces an updating and patching process for my applications.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is the efficiency once configured.""The most valuable feature is Server Update's stability."

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Cons
"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.""If GFI LanGuard had a cloud version it would be better for people that are working from home.""When you want to uninstall software from an endpoint, sometimes it becomes very problematic."

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"User interface is outdated and not user-friendly.""More integration with different platforms would be an improvement.""The reporting is not as practical as I would like it to be.""Some issues with scalability in larger organizations.""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.""Microsoft Windows Server Update Services could improve the ease of use.""Job management and control is an area that is in need of improvement.""This solution's deployment could be improved. When I was the admin, there were some problems when deploying to clients. Sometimes the policy is not effective. I guess, more on the reliability side, more reliable means working more often with the clients. It could be easier to deploy."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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  • "This product comes included with Windows and can be used free of charge."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The most important aspect is that we can centrally deploy the updates that are necessary for the organization. It's important.
    Top Answer:This product comes included with Windows and can be used free of charge.
    Top Answer:It's not always easy to set up. Their Local Group Policy works well for the Microsoft environment, however, we need it or other software as well. We've realized that we have to pay. We have to buy… more »
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    Also Known As
    LanGuard
    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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    Overview

    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.

    Requirements

    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.
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    Sample Customers
    BayView Medical Clinic, FrugalBrothers Software, Zaw, National Theatre, American Red Cross
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Non Profit7%
    Logistics Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business86%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    GFI LanGuard is ranked 9th in Patch Management with 4 reviews while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is ranked 7th in Patch Management with 9 reviews. GFI LanGuard is rated 9.0, 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 "Stable with good patching and good internal updating". GFI LanGuard is most compared with ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Ivanti Patch for Endpoints, SolarWinds Patch Manager and BigFix, whereas Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is most compared with Ivanti Patch for Windows, BigFix, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus and Kaseya VSA. See our GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services report.

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