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Microsoft Windows Server Update Services Room for Improvement

Julio Orihuela - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer network and Data Center administrator at a sports company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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 extra items in order to access this catalog of different updates.

The reporting is not as practical as I would like it to be. It's something that I would like them to improve in future releases.

It would be nice if there were more alerts to let us know what is missing. It would be nice if there was an integration with the main server and with the active directory so that I can receive the necessary alerts. It would be good to know which equipment is connected to the directory and which are behind schedule with updates. 

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WG
Technology Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

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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JW
Technology Manager/Engineer III at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

When updates are displayed they are in one big list on the screen, and the naming convention isn't such that it groups them by the operating system. This makes it difficult because there are updates for Windows 7, Windows 10, and so forth, and I have to scroll through and select out the ones that are relevant to the operating system. Having the ability to group updates by the operating systems would be very helpful.

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SG
Lead - Global IT Networks at a recruiting/HR firm with 10,001+ employees

One area for improvement is that WSUS does not give 100% accuracy, so you cannot be completely certain that all of your systems are fully patched. There are always 5-10% of your systems that have not been updated with the correct patches, which is an open gate for security threats. I also think that the product needs a better utility and report mechanism. In the next release, I would like to see better compatibility for non-Windows servers and tools.

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YJ
Systems Engineer at Cambridge Health Alliance

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.

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SB
Chief Operating Officer at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Reporting flexibility is something that can be improved.

Job management and control is an area that is in need of improvement.

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Alejandro Bartolomeo - PeerSpot reviewer
Country Manager at Arkano Software

Microsoft Windows Server Update Services could improve the ease of use.

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Carlo Du Plessis - PeerSpot reviewer
Security Specialist at Engen

More integration with different platforms would be an improvement. In the next release, Microsoft should expand on automation.

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