Installing Software Update Services (SUS)

Preparing for the installation and then actually installing SUS Server is completed in 5 easy steps:

1. Ensure that the system that will run SUS meets operating system requirements – in this case a server running Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server.

2. Prior to installing the SUS package, there are some prerequisites to that need to be addressed The server must have:

  • An NTFS Partition with at least 4 GB enough to store patches.
  • Internet Information Services (IIS), configured to allow ANONYMOUS ACCESS on the Default Website where SUS will be installed.
  • Internet Explore version 6.

3. Installation is completed via a typical Windows wizard – the process itself is straightforward and without surprises. By default, it will store patches in c:\sus\content, but this directory location can be changed if necessary.

4. After the installation process is complete, open Internet Explorer and browse to http://Your-SUS-Server-Name-or-IP/Susadmin to access the SUS Server administrative interface. Click on SET OPTIONS:

  • To configure the Proxy server settings, if necessary
  • To set the language to download patches,
  • Set the synchronization schedule and connect the server to the Internet to synchronize and download all of the patches from Microsoft Windows Update using SUS’s Web-based interface.

Snapshot of SET Options from SUS ADMIN Console.
5. Once the server is installed and configured, it’s up to you “approve” individual patches, deciding which should be approved for installation on your network’s client systems.