Is there any open source network server to share Microsoft updates with Windows 7 clients?

Susitha Fernando May 16, 2012

I am maintaining around 30 personal computers in one workgroup with wireless connectivity. But it is very very slow during Microsoft updates. Can I add all to open source server domain and share Microsoft updates from server. OR is there any other method to share Microsoft updates?

    May 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Hello, another possibility is to customize the scheduled for windows updates to a time where they do not interfere with regular activities.

  2. Oron
    May 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I second WSUS. Never heard of an open source alternative, but WSUS is free (price wise) so this should be OK. Windows updates are normally rolled out on the second Tuesday of the month, so it may be worth your while leaving the PCs on overnight, perhaps even wiring them up to a hub/switch to download the updates and prevent downtime during working hours.

    • Paolo Maffezzoli
      July 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I suggest WSUS solution, easy to configure and the 3.0 version is interesting for reporting features.
      In any case, an alternative could be the AutoPatcher solution ( ), it can be used for installing software patches, service packs and other MS updates.

  3. Bruce Epper
    May 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    If you have a Windows Server system you can use WSUS (available from the Microsoft site). Otherwise, you can use the WSUS Offline ( to create an offline image and put that on a local server where all others can pull it as needed.