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Retirement of the UIS Windows Software Update Service (WSUS) in 2020

last modified Apr 28, 2020 10:20 AM
UIS has decided to retire its Windows Software Update Service (WSUS) next year. Machines currently configured to receive updates from the UIS WSUS address should have their policies updated to point directly to Microsoft instead.

What is happening?

UIS has decided to retire its Windows Software Update Service (WSUS) next year. This service provides the ability to update various supported Microsoft operating systems and applications including Windows critical patches and service packs.

Who will this affect?

Computer Officers who have configured Windows machines under their control to receive Windows software updates from the UIS WSUS servers at wsus.uis.cam.ac.uk and wsus.csx.cam.ac.uk.

Why is this happening?

Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) allows an organisation to cache and control the deployment of critical service patches, service packs and application updates it releases. The UIS WSUS service was created to enable this. There is no longer a network bandwidth constraint requiring us to cache updates and UIS has rarely controlled the release of updates from its WSUS server, therefore providing the service is now felt to be adding little value.

Key dates

January 2020: wsus.uis.cam.ac.uk and wsus.csx.cam.ac.uk will be amended to point directly to Microsoft.

September 2020: the addresses wsus.uis.cam.ac.uk wsus.csx.cam.ac.uk will be decommissioned. Machines still pointing to the UIS WSUS server will stop getting updates.

Action required

Machines currently configured to receive updates from the UIS WSUS address should have their policies updated to point directly to Microsoft instead. Alternatively, you may wish run your own WSUS service.

Contact

If you have any concerns or queries, please contact: Gordon Ross, Collaboration Manager.

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