There is a new WSUS SP2 release for Windows Server 2008. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
Tonight I discovered Microsoft had released WSUS 3.0 SP2. This is a big deal for most enterprise shops since Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is the primary method corporations use to Patch their Desktops (and sometimes servers). It’s free, simple to use, and very useful. A low-level Systems Admin can use it (unlike SCCM) to easily keep all systems globally updated with the latest Security and OS Patches. With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 recently being released, I knew this was coming “eventually.”
The released code can be installed either as a new install or an upgrade to WSUS 3.0 SP1. The upgrade from WSUS 3.0 to WSUS 3.0 SP1 was very painless, so I decided to go ahead and upgrade my home WSUS server to SP2, skipping the testing I would usually go through. This shortcut will be an excellent test before I look at upgrade work tomorrow.
WSUS 3.0 SP2 Release
The release notes appear to add some nice new features to the Free Microsoft Patching Service, specifically support for their new OS’s Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7:
WSUS 3.0 SP2 delivers important customer-requested management, stability, and performance improvements. Some of the features and improvements include the following:
New Windows Server and client version support
- Integration with Windows Server 2008 R2
- Support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2
- Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients
- Compliance Reporting WSUS feature improvements
- Auto-Approval Rules: Auto-approval rules now include the ability to specify the approval deadline date and time for all computers or specific computer groups.
- Update Files and Languages: Improved handling of language selection for downstream servers includes a new warning dialog that appears when you decide to download updates only for specified languages.
- Easy Upgrade: WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be installed as an in-place upgrade from earlier versions of WSUS and preserves all settings and approvals. The user interface is compatible between WSUS 3.0 SP1 and SP2 on the client and the server.
- Reports: New Update and Computer Status reports let you filter on updates that are approved for installation. You can run these reports from the WSUS console or use the API to incorporate this functionality into your own reports.
- Stability and reliability fixes are included for the WSUS server, such as support for IPV6 addresses that are longer than 40 characters.
- The approval dialog now sorts computer groups alphabetically by group name.
- Computer status report sorting icons are now functional in x64 environments.
- A new release of Windows Update Agent is included with WSUS 3.0 SP2 that provides improvements and fixes, such as support for APIs called by nonlocal system callers in a non-interactive session.
Ok. Looks good. Let’s get move forward with the upgrade:
The first and only issue I ran into during the install was the Installer complaining that I didn’t have the Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 Installed – Download Link.
The installer told me I could complete the install of the Report Viewer after WSUS 3.0 SP2 completed the install (which I did.) After that, the Upgrade from WSUS 3.0 SP1 to SP2 was as simple as Next, Next, Next…
Following the initial install, go through the remainder of the install/upgrade by the WSUS Config. Wizard. Settings such as Upstream Server, Proxy Server, and Patch Languages are configured here.
Once the install was completed, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the upgrade truly was an in-place upgrade. After the upgrade, I launched the WSUS Admin Console and found all prior patch approvals, servers, workstations, etc., were still intact, just like I left them before the upgrade.
Regarding the Admin Console, it looks like no significant or even noticeable changes to the GUI. Everything was in the same place, no big changes. As I dig in, I’ll post any additional findings.