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WSUS 3.0 Released Monday, April 30th 2007

WSUS 3.0 Released Monday, April 30th 2007

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We are thrilled to announce that WSUS 3.0 has released today April 30th and
is avaialble now on the Microsoft Download Center.
Full information, documentation, samples and links to the bits can be found
here: 
http://www.microsoft.com/wsus.


We will release WSUS  3.0 via WU/MU  (as an update to WSUS 2.0) on May 23rd.
As the next generation,  WSUS 3.0 brings new features and capabilites
dedicated to making deployment and update management simple yet powerful.
Just a few things new for WSUS 3.0 are:

Straightforward Installment
· In place upgrade over 2.0
· New configuration wizard to guide setup and configuration

Improved Administrative Experience
· New MMC based powerful UI (can also be installed as a remote console on
clients (e.g. XP) & host multiple WSUS servers in one console
· Custom views and results filtering
· Report Viewer only admin group
· Integrated "in-context" reporting
· Clean up wizard for management of stale clients/content & built in email
notifications
· Reporting rollup support
· Multiple, granular auto-approval rule options
· Enhanced Target group concepts including hierarchies for approval
inheritance or block, and overlapping target group membership support

Flexible Deployment Options to improve Branch Office support
· Support for language sub-setting on downstream replica servers
· Independent replica content source options (MU or Upstream Server)
· Optional Peer-cashing capability
· Synchronization up to every hour (vs. 1xday)

Performance Enhancements and Operational Reliability
· 50% improvement in reporting performance - report viewers only admin group
· Native support for x64 platform
· Network Load Balancing & SQL cluster support
· MOM management Pack for proactive alerts on server health

More Content Access and On-demand client synch:
· Easy access to drivers and hot fixes
· Personalization to make the MU Catalog customized to your downloading
needs
· Client 'synch me now' quick check-in/download support of pending approved
updates from WSUS or needed updates from Microsoft Update


WSUS 3.0 RC will be supported until May 31st 2007 - WSUS 3.0 supports
direct upgrade of WSUS 2.0 SP1 and WSUS 3.0 RC.

The WSUS 3.0 MOM pack should be available to the MOM catalog next week


Thanks!

--
Bobbie Harder
Program Manager, WSUS
Microsoft

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