Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to follow new support lifecycle upon WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2 release

Microsoft is announcing a change regarding the Support Lifecycle of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
WSUS shipped out-of-band in the past and did not take a Support Lifecycle typical of many Microsoft products. Starting with WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2), WSUS will be classified as both a component of Windows Server as well as a service. However, since WSUS component functionality is wholly dependent upon access to the Windows Update or Microsoft Update services, WSUS must be regularly updated to provide compatibility with those update services.

While the Windows Server Update Services component will be supported for the life of the Windows Server version on which it is installed, customers must apply WSUS updates within 12 months of their release in order to allow WSUS to maintain compatibility with the Microsoft Update services in order to be able to distribute the latest product updates in customer environments.

In order to help customers maintain compatibility with update services, Microsoft will provide 12 months support overlap period for the prior version, beginning with WSUS 3.0 SP2.

Customers are encouraged to update promptly to WSUS 3.0 SP2 to avoid compatibility issues when accessing update services.

For the WSUS Lifecycle and Roadmap FAQ, please visit Additional information on WSUS requirements can be found at
The Microsoft Support Lifecycle (MSL) policy provides transparent, predictable information regarding the support lifecycle of Microsoft products. More information is available on the MSL Web site

Last Review : March 15, 2013