Microsoft's Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) allows security consultants and admins alike the ability to manage patches for various Microsoft applications -- free of cost. This guide explains how to install and configure WSUS.
We all know that it's important to keep Exchange patched and up to date, but that can be easier said than done. Exchange administrators used to have to either manually apply patches or invest in expensive patching software.
Furthermore, patching Exchange isn't enough. You must also patch the underlying operating system and client machines. At a minimum, this means patching Windows and Outlook.
The good news is that Microsoft has a free utility called Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) that can automate patching for all the products I mentioned above and more. In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through how to get WSUS up and running.
Get more details about preparing for, installing and configuring WSUS.
About the author
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. Brien has served as the CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at http://www.brienposey.com.
Value-added resellers and security consultants can learn more best practices for offering patch management services in our Patch Management Project Guide.
This was first published in April 2007