Microsoft introduces update to WSUS with download for Internet Explorer 8 included

News by Dan Raywood

Microsoft has launched the latest version of its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Microsoft has launched the latest version of its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2 has been released with improvements to the Windows Server and client version support as well integration with the Windows Server 2008 R2. It also offers support for the BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 clients.

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

A new update and computer status report allows you to filter on updates that are approved for installation, while Microsoft has also announced that when users download WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2, they will receive Internet Explorer 8 that will be compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

Chris Schwartzbauer, senior vice president of Shavlik Technologies, welcomed the launch but questioned the benefits. He said: “WSUS 3.0 SP2 is not a feature-rich release intended to provide significant value, but rather a service pack that fixes bugs and adds ‘features' that could be considered bugs in some products. For example, one of the new features is Windows 7 support.

“I would expect a Microsoft patching product to be able to patch a Microsoft Windows operating system. A lot of the bugs fixed in this release could help some of the pain points for users, but this isn't an overhaul.

“The product is still missing major features such as patching third party/non-Microsoft products. In the past year there has been an enormous rise in the number of third party (non-Microsoft) vulnerabilities. So, for the truly security-minded, this product still won't cover all of your patching needs.”

Commentators on Shavlik's WSUS mailing list unanimously claimed that they had experienced no problems with the download or running it, and there had been no issues of reboots needed. Others claimed that the install ‘went clean, but it's too early to tell', while another claimed that there were ‘no problems so far and only a few old updates have been re-synced'.

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