Microsoft releases new beta of its Windows Server Update Service

If ever there was a bit of technology which locked IT pros in a love/hate relationship, it is Windows Server Update Service. Used properly, WSUS lets administrators automatically deploy the latest Windows updates in a fully managed and responsible way. But should a faulty patch get through (or should Microsoft not honor the WSUS settings of its customers) and Windows machines die. So now is your chance to test the next iteration of WSUS via the WSUS 3.0 SP2 beta Microsoft released yesterday.

Please note that WSUS 3.0 SP2 is available only to Microsoft Connect users. According to Microsoft's WSUS product team blog, the beta includes the following new features.

·       Integration with Windows Server 2008 R2BranchCache feature on Windows Server 2008 R2

·       Support for the Windows 7 client

·       Support for the

·       Ability to specify the approval deadline date and time and apply a rule to all computers or to specific groups.

·       Support for IPV6 addresses greater than 40 characters.

·       Plus the team promised that it fixed setup issues with database servers running Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

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