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Join Date: Jan 2010
Re: Deploying MSI's with WSUS 3.0??
Originally Posted by Chalkspray
In the "new features of WSUS 3.0" document on Microsoft's website, it is
"Expand the set of updates with local publishing
The new API supports publishing applications and third-party updates,
allowing the WSUS infrastructure to also distribute updates by other
We were hoping to be able to deploy our own MSI's (that we packaged) with
WSUS 3. Reasons for doing this include 1) being able to see installation
status and more importantly, 2) so that we can deploy apps to remote offices
that connect via slow links where an application deployed via GPO would
normally hold that computer at the login screen indefinitely.
Anyone know how to do this?
I have written a VB8 program that does this, nothing special, and still requires some work on your part, but I use it to manage about 4500 PC's.
It supports, MSI, MSP and EXE updates. You can push anything out (limit is 3 gig file size I think). The work you have to do requires you to create the applicability rules and installed rules, but using Microsoft published guidelines, but once you have done it a few times, you can do it in about 15-20 minutes assuming you have a product ready to update.
If you are interested, go here: http://w3sus.com
and sign up. I will be opening it up for comment and additions here in the very near future. ( a few weeks at most ). Sorry you have to sign up, I want to keep track of who uses this and this allows me to do it. I am opening this up earlier for beta testing and feed back to some folks, so if you are interested let me know with the contact form.