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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Obtaining Updates

Microsoft has three basic methods for updating client and server computers: automatic updates from the Windows (or Microsoft) Update site, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Automatic Updates

Automatic updates, using either Windows Update or Microsoft Update sites, is not a great option for most enterprise environments. It takes control of which updates are applied—and when—out of the hands of the system administrators and makes it difficult to know who has what patch applied.

For a small business, with fewer than 20 clients, automatic updates from Windows Update or Microsoft Update is probably an appropriate solution. Even here, though, we’d recommend setting your clients to automatically ...

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