Thank you for attending the web cast on SMS and Security Update management, as promised here is the scrubbed Q/A log (you kept Chris Avis very busy!). Please comment if you need more information. I mentioned a great web site where you can down load the slides and individual demos for this web cast take a look at the session home page: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/events/sms/mgt-12.mspx
Also if you can watch the stream of the web cast here: http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032288955%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e
Question: Where can I find FAQ's, White Paper's and technical information on SMS?Answer: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sms/sms2003/default.mspx
Question: Are there some peer-based newsgroups for SMS?Answer: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/newsgroups/server/sms.mspx
Question: Is the current version of ITMU is included in the download for SP2 for SMS 2003. ITMU for SP1 is different from ITMU for SMS 2003 SP2Answer: Yes
Question: Are there any training classes or books specific to "WSUS" other than install documents?Answer: I don't believe there are any MS offered courses on WSUS. The TechNet site has a lot of great information on WSUS --- http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/wsus/default.mspx
Question: Does the ITMU replace ALL scanners for SMS?Answer: Yes and No, it all depends on the clients you are deploying to.
Question: IS ITMU available pre-SMS 2003 SP1?Answer: yes - at the http://www.microsoft.com/downloads
Question: If you want to manually download the list of updates instead of specifying a *sync* computer, how do u do that and where do you download it from?Answer: In WSUS you will manually synch updates to the WSUS server only. If you wish to grab updates manually then you will do that through Windows Update or through the http://www.microsoft.com/downloads Take a look at Page 7 of the ITMU Deploy Guide which is included in the ITMU download, for more information.
Question: Wouldn't you consider it a security concern that a website is publicly available listing the updates that have not been applied to a particular computer?Answer: Not really, WSUS requires administrative rights to access. You can further use IIS/NTFS permissions to limit which administrators have access to the site to approve updates.
Question: Is there a better tool than DSUW? disabled? Answer: Not that I am aware of.
Question: Is there a way to automatically set this up to auto-approve and advertise updates to workstation, similar to how SUS works?Answer: Yes. You can fully automate SMS via scripting.
Question: Is there a resource that explains how to automate SMS with scripting?Answer: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/sms.mspx There is also a good intro to SMS scripting here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sms/sms2003/maintain/smsscript/script01.mspx