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Windows Vista Ultimate and WSUS

Windows Vista Ultimate and WSUS

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Just a quick one this time ("We've heard that one before" I hear you cry!) about Windows Vista Ultimate and WSUS.  What is WSUS I hear you ask?  Well, it stands for Windows Server Update Services and essentially, allows administrators to deploy updates across a network, so instead of all the users on your network navigating to Windows Update and downloading the updates separately, just download them once, and distribute using WSUS.

The reason for the post is that WSUS currently does not allow Windows Vista Ultimate Extras to be distributed via WSUS.  Not good.  A view which is backed up by Erik Neuenschwander, who works in the Ultimate Extras team here at Microsoft "That's not a good situation for customers, so we plan to improve it. The Ultimate team is working with Windows Update to revise the Extras to be offered to WSUS"

Erik goes on to say "We cut support for WSUS at launch to reduce the test burden, and because we didn't think many WSUS environments would deploy Ultimate. We're hearing that we were wrong, so all the Wave Zero Extras will be offered to WSUS later this year."

You can read more from Erik over on his Windows Vista Ultimate Blog.

Told you it was a quick one. :-)

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  • Well, this in only true for WSUS 2.

    I'm using WSUS 3 RC and Windows Vista Ultimate on some machines, and both can select "Windows Vista Ultimate Extras" from the list of updates to synchronize, and the clients can easily install them.

    WSUS 3 should go final soon, since the RC test just closed.

  • Thanks GurliGebis,

    That's right, so in the current RTM version of WSUS (v2), you cannot deploy Ultimate Extras across the network, however, this will change with v3 of WSUS, which should not be too far away.  Like GurliGebis says, you can use the RC1 here: and this will provide you with the functionality that you require.

    You can also read more on WSUS on this blog:


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