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Creating the Secure Managed Desktop: Using Group Policy, SoftGrid, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Other Management Tools by Jeremy Moskowitz

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8.1. Patch Management's Cast of Characters: WU, MU, MBSA, WSUS, SCE, and SCCM

Before we get into the down-and-dirty details of WSUS, we should first take a step back and look at the cast of characters that currently makes up Microsoft's patch-management products. You'll also find that depending on the size and complexity of your environment, options other than WSUS may be preferable. For extremely small environments, WSUS may not even be necessary component. That's because running a WSUS instance will require a server, which can be a premium in very small environments. For larger environments, other tools like System Center Essentials or System Center Configuration Manager may be needed to provide the level of configuration control you need. ...

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