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WSUS 3.0 SP2 RTM is now available!

WSUS 3.0 SP2 RTM is now available!

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The WSUS Product Team is proud to announce that WSUS 3.0 SP2 is now available! Get it today!


We recommend installing SP2 on all existing and new installations of WSUS.


WSUS 3.0 SP2 supports the latest operating systems including Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows 7 clients. WSUS 3.0 SP2 is more robust and features significant improvements in client performance, reliability, and increased server usability and reliability.

Administrators will see improvements in several areas including:


·       New Update and Computer Status reports provide the ability to report on only the updates you’ve approved for installation. You can run these reports from the WSUS console or use the API to incorporate this functionality into your own reports.

Auto-Approval Rules

·       Auto-approval rules now include the ability to specify the installation deadline date and time for all computers or specific computer groups.

Update Files and Languages

·       Improved handling of language selection for downstream servers includes a new warning dialog that appears when you decide to download updates only for specified languages.

Easy Upgrade

·       WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be installed as an in-place upgrade from earlier versions of WSUS and will preserve all of your settings and approvals. The user interface is compatible between WSUS 3.0 SP1 and SP2 on the client and the server.

Software Updates

·       Stability and reliability fixes for the WSUS server, such as support for IPV6 addresses.

·       The approval dialog now sorts computer groups alphabetically by group name.

·       Computer status report sorting icons are now functional in x64 environments.

·     A new release of Windows Update Agent is included with WSUS 3.0 SP2 that provides improvements in reliability and faster client scan times, the ability to perform ‘scoped’ scans, improved update organization, more clarity on update value and behavior, plus improved display of imaged machines.

Operating Systems Supported by WSUS 3.0 SP2


·       Windows Server 2008 R2

·       Windows Server 2008 SP1 or later

·       Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later


·       Windows 7 client

·       Windows Server 2008 R2

·       Windows Server 2008 SP1 or later

·       Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later

·       Windows Vista

·       Windows XP Professional

·       Windows XP Professional SP1

·       Windows XP Professional SP2

·       Windows XP Professional SP3 or later

·       Windows 2000 SP4


For more information about WSUS 3.0 SP2 including documentation and download instructions, see:


1.       Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 Dynamic Installer for Server Manager (KB972493)

2.       Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 (KB972455)

Additional information

For more information about this release visit us at our Windows Server Update Services page.


The Product Team would like to thank you for your support throughout Beta and RC of this release. Thank you for making WSUS a better product!



Cecilia Cole



  • Thanks guys!

    *Dmitriy went update his WSUS SP1*

  • Thanks

    ETA for the localized Versions of WSUS SP2?

  • Why is it that a new version of Report Viewer is required by every new version of WSUS yet you don't include it with WSUS? It's pretty silly. Every WSUS admin runs Windows update then gets the warning about report viewer, so they have to go to the download site to get it. It's not even offered as an optional update for WSUS servers that go to the Windows Update website.

  • WSUS always contains all locales

  • Thanks guys, will get to testing this for deployment right away.

  • "Upgrading" from WSUS 3.0 SP1 SP2 (uninstalling and reinstalling, additional installation of "Report Viewer 2008 SP1") are reset the properties in the virtual directory "Content" of IIS on the standard "a directory on this computer". A UNC path specified by with "wsusutil.exe movecontent" a WsusContent network then stopped working (client error code: 0x80244019 "error: failed download.").

  • It broke my installation.

    1. Region settings have to be set to English nothing else

    2. ReportViewer 9 has to be installed.

    Now I have to fix that dead WSUS ... !@#$%^

  • Can I upgrade a downstream server from WSUS 3.0 SP1 to SP2 if the upstream server is still in WSUS 3.0 SP1 ?

    I search the Release notes and the Deployment Guide but didn't found anything about that situation.

  • The install fails in SBS 2008 and leaves WSUS broken. Don't apply this update until the problem is fixed. Now I have to figure out how to recover the prior WSUS grrr.

  • Why does SP2 feel the need to uninstall and reinstall, why can't it just patch files like any normal service pack? It just totally broke my SBS2003 SP2 installation and it's taken me 6 hours to get it back. Nightmare.

  • I tried to install SP2 over 3.0 SP1 and get an error saying it couldn't be upgraded, it says look at the wsussetup.log but the path it refers to doesn't exist, nor does the file in any location, any ideas anybody?

  • Both upgrades on our ESX test environment went without problems.

    Even though I created a snapshot before, it wasn't needed.

    I installed the new report viewer and after that just next, next, finished the WSUS 3.0 SP2. There wasn't even a reboot necessary.

  • Broke the WSUS 3.0 SP1 installation on SBS 2008 When I applied, same as Twisty.

    SBS 2008 admins / owners beware.

  • It is the job of SBS to make sure their product works with new releases, not the other way around. Go to SBS or WSUS forums on TechNet for help, this is not a troubleshooting or complains page.

    Upgraded my SP1 to SP2 with no issues, thank you!

    "The" IT Master

  • I have a WSUS server running 3.0 SP1 on Windows 2003 R2 SP2. For some reason it isn't offering SP2 to itself. (It does offer SP2 to some of my admin workstations with the client components installed.) I also tried using the Microsoft Update website and that also didn't offer me SP2. Is the detection logic for this slightly broken?

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