SOFTWARE UPDATE SERVICES SERVER
Software Update Services is a no-charge add-in component for
Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 that is designed
to greatly simplify the process of keeping computers in your
organization up to date with the latest critical updates,
security updates, and service packs. SUS installs a web-based
application that enables administrators to quickly and reliably
deploy updates to desktop and server machines running Windows
2000, Windows XP, and Windows
Server 2003. The updates can be synchronized from the live
Windows Update servers and saved on the SUS server. Then,
after approving only the updates you have tested and want
to distribute, they can be downloaded from the SUS server
by the Automatic Updates component on client machines."
recognition of the disadvantages (risks of breaking something)
of automatically updating every workstation with every Microsoft
security patch, Microsoft has introduced what they call Software
Update Services (SUS). SUS runs on a 2003 Server and supports
Windows 2000 and XP workstations.
encourage you to deploy only 2000 and/or XP Professional workstations
throughout the entire business network. From a business perspective,
there is NO network security in any Win95/98 workstation,
and Microsoft is discontinuing security updates for NT 4.
Only Windows 2000 and later offer any real workstation network
security in a (Microsoft workstation) business environment.
the extent that one does deploy 2000 and XP Pro workstations,
either at Headquarters and/or at remote offices, it is ppossible
to centrally administer security issues for all 2000 and XP
Pro workstations from a single SUS 2003 Server. It is also
possable to control the authentication and authorization of
access to various business network resources in a very specific
manner. In a
simple peer workgroup environment there is minimal control
over who has access (authorization) and are they really who
you think they are (authentication).
2003 SUS server would be a major increase in corporate and
network wide security. 2003 Server with SUS allows for fully
testing a security patch in an isolated environment before
deployment of the patch to network workstations. This provides
workstations with a more stable and consistant approach to
deploying security updates when compared to the alternative
of allowing each
workstation to automatically download everything, needed or
not, functional on that PC or not, and not knowing what workstation
has what security patch applied, if any.
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