The final step in the process is to point your servers and workstations to the WSUS server you've just configured.
- Begin by opening the Group Policy Editor and navigating through your organization's group policy to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update.
- Double click on Configure Automatic Updates to view the Automatic Update properties sheet.
- Select the Enable option. Also, make sure the download and install options and the date and time options are to your liking. Then click OK to continue.
- Double click the Specify Intranet Microsoft Update Service Location option.
- When the properties sheet appears, select the Enabled option and then enter the URL for your WSUS Server. Assuming that you used the default Web site option during installation, the URL will be http://your server name/. Enter the same URL in the Set Intranet Statistics Server field.
WSUS deployment: Step-by-step guide
Step 1: The prep work
Step 2: Installing WSUS
Step 3: Configuring WSUS
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 .
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