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  • Question

  • Can I use WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) with Home Server 2011 to download all Office and Windows 7 updates to the server and then have individual clients get thir updates from the server instead of each one going to the internet?


    Phil Evans

    Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:47 PM

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  • No. Or at least it's not supported, there's no documentation on how to do so, and it's likely to be a violation of the EULA (which prohibits "line of business" applications on your server other than those that Microsoft included).

    In any case, managing WSUS isn't as simple as I think you're imagining. And clients that are getting updates from a WSUS server will only get them from WSUS, even if (for example) it's a laptop that's hardly ever connected to your home network.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Friday, July 29, 2011 12:17 AM
  • Ken

    Thanks for your quick reply. I've seen somewhere that WHS2011 is Server 2008 R2 in disguise so I thought it might be possible to use WSUS. In my working life (I am now retired) we used WSUS at my office and now that I have three computers at home with a laptop I take on vacation (all non-commercial use), it seemed a good way to avoid having to download the often very large monthly updates to the OSes and Office (Home and student edition) software for each of the computers. I will add that I live in an area of the world (an island in the Pacific) where the sole ISP thinks 256KB/sec is broadband and I'd be willing to pay $100/month for a cap of 4.5GB. Right now If I installed the updates to Office and Win 7 that Microsoft is suggesting I do for each of the household machines, then I would use up over 1GB of my monthly allowance.

    Phil Evans

    Friday, July 29, 2011 1:29 AM