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WSUS has this great feature which can be used to manage your WSUS server from a Windows XP or Vista machine.


WSUS3 comes up with this new concept of *console only* install.

If you want to use this feature, you need to specify "CONSOLE_INSTALL=1" parameter while running the wsussetup.


Note that the option to choose console only install is not available in the UI wizard of wsussetup.

So you will need to type "WSUSSetup.exe CONSOLE_INSTALL=1" in a command window.

Also note there are no forward slashes or any other funny characters in this command.


When you specify "console_install=1", minimal set of WSUS server bits are installed on your machine to allow a remote WSUS server to be administered from this machine. This includes UI and few API binaries.

Following is a list of prereqs and platforms.



Following pre-requisites are required on the machine.

·         MMC 3.0

·         Report Viewer (if you wanna view the reports)

·         .NET Framework 2.0 


You can have the console only install on following platforms.

·         Windows XP SP2

·         Windows Vista Beta2

·         Windows Server 2003 SP1


Have fun with WSUS3 B2 !!


Chinmay Parekh(WSUS).


stop press:
The setup files which beta2 users can download from connect site are named WSUSSetup-x86.exe and WSUSSetup-x64.exe. In the above blog, whenever I mention WSUSSetup.exe, I mean WSUSSetup-x86.exe or WSUSSetup-x64.exe based on the architecture you want to install WSUS on.


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