Microsoft Extends SUS 1.0 Support, Again

 
 
By Ryan Naraine  |  Posted 2006-11-15 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Responding to "customer feedback," Microsoft has extended support for Software Update Services 1.0, the old version of its patch management technology.

Microsoft just cant seem to pull the plug on Software Update Services 1.0. The Redmond, Wash., company was all set to retire the patch distribution software on Dec. 6, 2006, but after listening to what it is described as "customer feedback," Microsoft has extended support for SUS 1.0 for another seven months. The extension means that IT managers have until July 10, 2007, to migrate to WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), the new enterprise patch-management platform currently being beta tested.
Microsoft released WSUS to manufacturing in June 2005 and has spent the last few years prodding users to upgrade, but, for a myriad of reasons, patch management administrators have struggled to migrate.
When Microsoft shut down downloads of SUS 1.0 15 months ago, some IT professionals complained to eWEEK that Redmond did not provide adequate notice of the forced upgrade. For advice on how to secure your network and applications, as well as the latest security news, visit Ziff Davis Internets Security IT Hub. At the time, Jason Leznek, senior product manager in Microsofts Windows and Enterprise Management division, said the company had not seen any customer objections about the timing for the discontinuation of SUS, arguing that the new WSUS was "superior in meeting customer needs." Microsoft insists that WSUS offers significant improvements over SUS, with broader patching capabilities, simple patch targeting and bandwidth management, verification reporting, and consistent engine scanning. The company offers WSUS 2.0 as a free download and is beta testing WSUS 3.0, which is expected to ship in the first half of 2007. WSUS 3.0 promises new features to allow the easier management and deployment of security patches and software updates across an organization. Since there is no migration path from SUS 1.0 to WSUS 3.0, Microsoft is strongly urging users to leave SUS 1.0 and upgrade before July 2007. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Ryan Naraines eWEEK Security Watch blog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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