How to compile several reports from several WSUS servers ?

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by MED, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. MED

    MED Guest

    in our company network, There will be some 80 WSUS servers. I want to check,
    as easily as possible the result of the patching of the computers and servers.
    I can log on each WSUS servers and check the result one by one... But it is
    time consuming.

    Is there any tool which will do this job for me automatically (or do as much
    as possible automatically ?)

    Thanks for your help !
     
    MED, Jan 16, 2006
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  2. Really!!!??? How many =clients= are being supported by these /80/ servers?

    Yep... which is the number one reason why I recommend against multiple WSUS
    servers, unless the environment absolutely demands it for performance
    reasons.
    You can check out the ReportingUpdateRollup Tool in the Samples and Tools
    kit.

    You might also reevaluate whether you really need /80/ servers.
     
    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), Jan 16, 2006
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  3. MED

    MED Guest

    Thanks for your answer...
    There are around 8.000 computers and 500 servers...

    We will try to reduce the number of WSUS servers, but when a subsidiary is
    link to the others through a 256k link, and there are 20-50 computers in it,
    and important traffic on this link, I'm not sure I should reduce the WSUS
    servers number (and increase the amout of data using this small link) OR
    install WSUS servers nearly everywhere, so the downloading is done only once,
    and during the night.

    For one small patch, no problem... For several ones or a Service pack, I
    fear a big problem.
    I'm not sure BITS will help reduce the bandwith consumption between a
    computer and a distant server (it does not any QoS, does it ?)

    Well... if you have any other advice...

    I'll check the reference you quote.

    Yours
     
    MED, Jan 16, 2006
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  4. I agree... a site with 50 computers and a 256k link definitely should have
    its own server. A site with 20 computers and a 256k link actually has some
    options.

    Since the SP scenario probably only occurs once every couple of years, my
    preference would be to size the architecture for normal operations, and
    develop a contingency plan for the rare circumstance like a SP rollout.

    Here's an article that talks about the mathematics involved in pushing XP
    SP2 across slow-speed WAN connections.
    http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com/articles/036.htm
    How do I distribute XP SP2 to 1000+ clients using WSUS?
     
    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), Jan 16, 2006
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  5. MED

    Dave Mills Guest

    You could also consider download content from MS at the remote sites
    and only doing the approvals through WSUS
     
    Dave Mills, Jan 17, 2006
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