Tag Archive: Patching

Jun 08 2013

Configuring and managing WSUS Downstream Replica Servers

Everything is great in your environment except the bandwidth between branch offices and the main office. After investigation you noticed that during client updates the bandwidth is full, so you decided to take action. Since you have a WSUS server in the main office you started deploying one in every company’s branch office. From now …

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May 30 2013

Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating in Server 2012

This is a cool feature in Windows server 2012 and I’ve been dying to write about it. OK, let me tell you what actually happens. Until now, when you wanted to update your cluster nodes, first you needed to migrate cluster roles from the active node to a passive one. Then download the updates, install …

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Jan 19 2013

Installing WSUS in Windows Server 2012

Installing WSUS in Windows Server 2012 can be possible only trough Server Manager or PowerShell. You can’t download WSUS from Microsoft and¬†double click the installer like you did in Windows Server 2008 R2, because is just not going to work; not for now anyway. Who knows, maybe in a future release of WSUS.

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Jun 30 2012

Patching ESX/ESXi hosts using VMware Update Manager

Even if you like it or not, ESX/ESXi hosts needs patching, to correct software errors, bugs, security holes or maybe to add some new features present in an update. That’s why patching VMware hosts is vital. In this guide I’ll show you how to patch your ESX/ESXi hosts that are not part of a VMware …

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Jun 24 2012

Installing VMware Update Manager 5 with a remote SQL database

Since ESX/ESXi hosts are still software, they need to be patched so errors and compatibility problems can be fixed. To be able to patch those hosts you need vCenter along with VMware Update Manager. Because I don’t want to bore you with theoretical stuff, you can read more about Update Manager here.

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Feb 05 2012

WSUS in a workgroup environment

There are situations when client computers are not part of a Windows domain, but you still have to patch those systems using WSUS. Now I bet you ask yourself how those clients get configured if no Active Directory environment is present. I will answer your question in this guide.

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Jan 13 2012

Configure WSUS to use SSL

You have WSUS in your infrastructure, and now you need to implement SSL because you want to be sure that your clients are connecting to the right WSUS server, the meta data is encrypted, or you are just curious to see how it’s done. Configuring WSUS to use SSL is a straight forward process, and …

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Dec 26 2011

Configure WSUS to deploy updates using Group Policy

I created this step-by-step guide for those people that don’t understand or want to know how to configure WSUS to deploy updates using Group Policy. The process is very simple, but very efficient for a large and even a small network. To understand what I’m talking about, think of a network of 300 PCs, maybe …

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Dec 22 2011

Install WSUS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2

I’ll start with a little introduction about what WSUS is and what you can you do with it, even if some of you know and heard about WSUS. For those of you that are unclear, WSUS or Windows Server Update Services is an on-site patching mechanism for Windows systems. This means that all clients and …

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