Microsoft has released a service pack for Microsoft Windows
Server Update Services 3.0 (WSUS). This article includes information about how
to obtain the service pack and how to obtain a list of issues that the service
pack fixes. Additionally, this article includes information about the issues
that you may experience when you install the service pack and information about
how to determine whether the service pack is installed.
How to obtain and install WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
the WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1 package now.
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cannot use Add or Removed Programs
Panel to remove only WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 1 because it will remove
all of WSUS 3.0 as well.
Issues that the service pack fixes
- Bulk approval of updates now does not overwrite existing approvals. Instead, bulk approval now updates to a new target group. Bulk approval does not overwrite the existing approvals of the old target groups. By default, bulk approval will add to the existing set of approvals for an update that is not approved.
- Optional approvals are considered when computing
effective approval for overlapping target groups. A required approval will override an optional approval in the following scenario:
Note We recommend that you use the WSUS APIs to "optionally"
approve updates for WSUS 3.0 SP1 and to approve updates that are not critical updates or security
- A computer is a member of multiple target groups.
- An update is approved for optional approval to one of the target groups.
- The same update is approved for required approval to at least one of the other target groups that is at the same or greater depth in the target group tree.
For example, assume that you have a required approval on Update X for Group
A and an optional approval for Group B. If a computer belongs to both Group A and
Group B, the update would be listed as optional on the client computer. Because the target
groups are at the same level, required approval should always "win."
- The Computer Detailed Status report to Excel
- The Configuration Wizard keeps a proxy server password if
one is set before upgrade.
- Support is provided for a separate proxy server and port
for SSL traffic.
- Provides improved performance by turning off AUTO SHRINK on
- Some client updates are based on Windows Error reporting
- The Add Printer Wizard now works when you receive lots of
drivers from Windows Update.
How to determine whether the service pack is installed
Look for “Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1” in Add or
in Control Panel or Program Files and Features
in Control Panel. If “Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1” does not
appear, the service pack is not installed.
The improvements of WSUS 3.0 SP1
WSUS 3.0 SP1 includes the following improvements:
- Added support for Windows Server 2008.
- Added a new Client Servicing API:
- Support client registration
- Filter of updates by category and
- Applicability rule extension mechanism
- Package metadata and report update status for each
- Added improvements for local publishing. Supports
publishing of drivers within the enterprise by using vendor-provided catalogs.
The API includes support for bundles and for prerequisites.
- Includes all the hotfixes that have been issued since the
release of WSUS 3.0.
improvements. These include in-line data compression between the WSUS server and the remote
Note In Windows Server 2008, you must enable dynamic
compression for Internet Information Services (IIS).
The WSUS 3.0 SP1 Update Package
3.0 SP1 is available on Windows Update. The package behavior is as follows:
- An upgrade occurs for all earlier versions of WSUS starting with WSUS
2.0 through the original version of WSUS 3.0. The original version of WSUS 3.0 runs on computers that are running Windows Server 2003 SP1 or
- All upgrades require user interaction.
- This service pack package supersedes previous updates for WSUS 3.0.
- Upgrades of all WSUS installations that use remote
SQL Server installations are blocked. This is now a manual upgrade process.
- Upgrades of earlier versions of WSUS that are running
on Windows Server 2008 are not supported.
- The original version of System Center Essentials 1.0 is not upgraded to WSUS 3.0 SP1. This will be handled by a future release of
System Center Essentials.
"WSUS 2.0 SP1" and "WSUS 2.0 Client SelfUpdate Update for WSUS
2.0 SP1" packages will be expired. These updates are still available on
the following Microsoft Web site:
Known issues with WSUS 3.0 SP1
- You receive an error message during the installation: "Failed to set SMTP_USERPASSWD property from SmtpUserPassword registry value (Error 0x800700EA: More data is available.)"
During the installation of this package, you may receive an error message that resembles the following in the %temp%\Wsussetup.log file:
Error MWUSSetup CUpgradeDriver::PerformPresetupActions: Failed to set SMTP_USERPASSWD property from SmtpUserPassword registry value (Error 0x800700EA: More data is available.)
This problem occurs because a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) password that is greater than 11 characters fails. This causes the WSUS 3.0 SP1 upgrade to fail. WSUS does not copy its local copy of the password.
To work around this issue, temporarily change the locally saved
password, run the WSUS 3.0 SP1 upgrade, and then change the password back to the original password that is used by the
SMTP account. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click
Administrative Tools, and then click Microsoft Windows
Update Server Services 3.0.
- Click to select Options, and then
click E-Mail notification.
- On the E-Mail Server tab, enter a
password that is less than 12 characters.
- Click OK to save the password.
Note Do not use Test because this password would be invalid for the SMTP
- Exit the WSUS Administration tool.
- Run the WSUS 3.0 SP1 upgrade.
- After you successfully upgrade to WSUS 3.0 SP1, change the password
back to the original password.
Article ID: 948014 - Last Review: March 25, 2008 - Revision: 4.0
- Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0
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