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Some blogs rumor that the next Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) would allow to host user-defined and even non-Microsoft packages.

What is your wish list for WSUS 4.0?

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    To save other people the google: WSUS -> Windows Server Update Services.
    – Tony Meyer
    Apr 30, 2009 at 10:54
  • Should be community wiki. May 5, 2009 at 21:12
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    There's already been rumors of Adobe gaining access to Microsoft Update by the end of the year so they can ship updates to Flash and Reader that way, so I can believe non-Microsoft package support for WSUS. Apr 20, 2010 at 10:09
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    Those rumors about supporting non-Microsoft software have been around since before WSUS was even released. They were started by Microsoft promises to provide such support. I'm not about to start believing them now. Apr 20, 2010 at 10:31
  • Microsoft has an App Store in Windows 8, so presumably it wouldn't be difficult at all for App Store-compatible updates to be pushed out via WSUS. You're right that this is still rumor-mill stuff, but all the plumbing is in place now for it to happen. Nov 4, 2010 at 16:19

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Non-Microsoft packages would be fantastic if enough people supported it.

All the other standard desktop applications that self update at different times (particularly Adobe Acrobat) are becoming an increasing blight on the desktop environment, causing much user confusion and system instability.

If the vendors could get together and agree a single update strategy via one centrally managed delivery mechanism (whether it be WSUS or an other), we as sysadmins would have a lot more control over the deployment of updates and patches, and far better knowledge of what was happening to our systems.

I live in hope.... :-)

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  • Java would be the other one that would be a huge win. Generally, something as nice as apt-get update would be fab.... May 5, 2009 at 14:36
  • I agree... the number of programs crying for updates on user desktops is such a drain (not to mention annoying).
    – Keithius
    May 5, 2009 at 20:21
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    Actually, WSUS 3.0 supports third-party update integration but Microsoft doesn't expose the functionality in their "for free" tools. System Center Updates Publisher allows you to deploy third-party updates, as do the for-pay tools from Eminent Software(eminentware.com). The API is called "local publishing". There's a nice thread about some attempts to write a tool to publish updates here: social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverwsus/thread/… (and code at sourceforge.net/projects/localupdatepubl) Jan 29, 2010 at 15:12
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Officially-supported command-line update install functionality. Think "wuauclt /installnow".

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  • Indeed. There's a few things that could be done to polish WSUS without changing the core feature set that would round out the product as a whole. More power in wuauclt would be solid improvement. Proper cleanup of the SoftwareDistribution folder would be another win, as would the ability to relocate the core WSUS folder to a non-system drive. Apr 20, 2010 at 10:46
  • MSDN has a VBScipt to do this: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa387102%28VS.85%29.aspx
    – Chris S
    May 12, 2011 at 16:02
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Just some simple tweaks to the UI would be really helpful. It's really a pain to approve a large batch of updates. The UI is slow to respond and it doesn't reflect the things you have updated already.

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I want to have better (i.e. custom) rules for the Update Views. Here's my scenario:

  • All my linked PCs & Servers have updates auto-approved apart from my
    DMZ servers. I approve those manually just in case there is an issue with
    the updates.
  • What I want is a view that will show all unapproved updates for a specific target group. That
    seems to be impossible.
  • I would also like a view that you can specify to
    show the last X amount of days rather than "last month" or "last week".
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Thresholds for notification emails, Eg. send notification if more than 20 new updates were found in the last synchronization. or email if updates were found with particular keywords, for particular products or are in a particular category.

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Access to the timestamp on approvals. My auditors are quite keen to know precisely when things were approved relative to the actual install date. I strongly suspect it's recorded in the db, but not exposed in the UI.

Ability to create arbitrary "bundles" of updates. Say, "Jan 2011" and approve / deny / report by the bundle, not the individual KB.

But really, I'd settle for "Management approval & funding of the SCOM project we've been proposing for years".

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Turn WSUS into a general Application/Update platform, just have the Microsoft branded ones as a module or something alike. WSUS is awesome in its simplicity, to expand that to everything else would be amazing.

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  • This is what the very non-free System Center Configuration Manager is for.
    – Chris S
    May 12, 2011 at 16:03

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