Announcing WSUS Helper, a tool to help manage Windows Server Updates Services

I’ve long been a fan of Windows Server Update Services, but there are a few things about its administration console that have never quite worked the way I’d like, and there are some things it doesn’t do at all. As a result, I’ve written a few bits of code over the years that supplement the WSUS console to performs some additional functions, such as:

  • Copying update approvals from one group to another.
  • Bulk management of client group membership.
  • Reconciling WSUS client data with the Active Directory.
  • Auditing the deployment status of all the updates associated with a particular Microsoft KB article.

For a few months now I’ve been working on a public, open-source release of this tool – you might have spotted the WSUS Helper link at the top of this blog. Today, I’ve published the second beta version of the tool, and would like to invite you to try it out, if any of the above sounds useful to you. You can find the project page, with some more detailed descriptions of the functionality, either at the above link, or by clicking here:

http://wsushelper.codeplex.com/

Like the program itself, the documentation isn’t complete, so you may have to just have a play around and see what’s what. Remember though: this is a beta, and you shouldn’t mess around with a production environment, at least until you know what you’re doing. If you wreck your WSUS environment, that’s your own stupid fault – though please do tell me about it on the Discussion and Issue Tracker pages so I can a) laugh at you, and b) fix any bugs you find. Suggestions for additional features are also welcome.

Enjoy!

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