Step-by-Step Guide

WSUS deployment: Step 1

The prep work

Before you install WSUS, you need to make sure your system is running the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.0 and the Service Pack 1 version of the .NET Framework.

  1. BITS is a Windows component.

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  1. You can install it by opening the server's Add/Remove Programs applet and clicking the Add/Remove Windows Components button.

  2. When you see the list of Windows components, select the Application Server option and click the Details button.

  3. Select the Internet Information Server option and click Details. BITS will be one of the installation choices on the resulting component list.

  4. You can download the .NET Framework component from Microsoft.

  5. After installing BITS and the .NET Framework, you must also install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

WSUS deployment: Step-by-step guide

  Step 1: The prep work
  Step 2: Installing WSUS
  Step 3: Configuring WSUS
  Step 4: Configuring clients

Brien Posey
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

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