WSUS Offline

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Having used MS WSUS Server for a number of years there are many positives but also a few negatives. Your experience of WSUS is situational and dependent on many factors.  For large corporates some form of MS Patch/update service is a must, that’s a given however in smaller networks there maybe times when you need to manually pull updates from MS. Obviously this can be done using Windows update but business hours bandwidth may be an issue so I have found that WSUSOFFLINE – http://www.wsusoffline.net/ does a great job, please don’t be put off by the German, scroll down there is an English translation. Suck it and see…..but basically you install the WSUSOFFLINE on a device with plenty of free space. Choose the OS and language updates you require, the app downloads the patches/updates,and holds them in a central store. On the Client side, you run the UpdateGenerator.exe,  tick the required boxes and start the update process. Done – no additional bandwidth used. WSUSOFFLINE covers Windows XP to 8.1 / Server 2003 – 2012 R2 / Office 2003 – 2013.

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John R

John Reidy is an IT Manager for a Transport & Logistics Group of Companies in the UK. John’s background is in Network support and design for the Ministry of Defence, commercial premises, Ports and Sea going vessels serving the European Ferry industry. A BICSI trained and qualified Technician and promoter of the methodology for optimised best of breed information transport systems he designs LAN/WAN solutions together with hosted and on premise Telephony PBX solutions. John currently supports 190 users over 8 companies throughout the UK and Middle East supporting all aspects of the business associated technology and infrastructure on a 24/7 basis.

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  1. Geek Brain July 3, 2014 at 6:40 am

    WSUS Offline is a GREAT tool. Used it a lot when I had the shop, and it makes your life so much easier especially for clean installs.

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