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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The ability to deploy patches seamlessly is the solution's most valuable aspect. It allows us to not only deploy patches but to monitor the deployment of those patches.
    Top Answer:There aren't really extra costs involved beyond licensing.
    Top Answer:The ability to do out of network patching needs to be added to the solution. For example, a lot of people are working from home now. It will take a lot of strength to make sure the patches are applied… 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
    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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    Patch Manager Plus is a simple patch management tool that makes it easy to keep your network patched and secure. It is an endpoint patch management software that provides enterprises a single interface for automating all patch management tasks - from detecting missing patches to deploying patches - for Windows, Mac, Linux and 250+ third-party applications. Whether you have one computer or hundred, they can all be patched at the same time from a single point of console.

    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.
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Non Profit7%
    Logistics Company7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business21%
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    Large Enterprise58%
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    ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus is ranked 12th in Patch Management while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is ranked 7th in Patch Management with 9 reviews. ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus is rated 0.0, while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Windows Server Update Services writes "Stable with good patching and good internal updating". ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus is most compared with ManageEngine Desktop Central, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, BigFix, Ivanti Patch for Windows and GFI LanGuard, whereas Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is most compared with Ivanti Patch for Windows, BigFix, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Quest KACE Systems Management and GFI LanGuard.

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