Configuration options for updating operating system

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The next step is asking us whether we would like to join the Microsoft participation program, where we can safely uncheck the checkbox.

After that we need to select “Synchronize from Microsoft Update,” which will pull the updates from the Microsoft website rather than from another WSUS server.

On the left side of the WSUS window, we can also select “Security Updates” and chose to select any security updates.

When pressing the “Refresh” button, all appropriate security updates will be shown to us, as displayed below.

Under the “Classification” tab, we can select the update classifications that we want to obtain.

Notice that the newly joined Windows 7 computer doesn’t have any updates installed yet, as it hasn’t yet reported anything back to the WSUS server.

One great function of WSUS is the “E-Mail Notification” system, which can be used to automatically send email when new updates are synchronized.

The settings can be seen below; they are disabled by default, but we can very easily enable them and fill out the email server settings in the “E-Mail Server” tab.

If we would like to minimize the amount of downloaded updates, we should select “Update Files and Languages” and select to update only the English version of updates; note that this is applicable if we’re using only English Windows operating systems, because only those updates will then be distributed among clients.

If you’re unsure whether you need this option or not, keep the default option to synchronize all languages and you’ll be able to update all computers in your network. Under “Synchronization Schedule,” we can select to download the updates automatically every night at 2AM, as seen below.

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