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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Methods for Deploying Updates

To meet the needs of various types of organizations, Microsoft provides several different methods for applying updates. For home users and small businesses, Windows 7 is configured to automatically retrieve updates directly from Microsoft. The preferred method for deploying updates in medium and many large organizations is WSUS, which provides better control and performance. Finally, enterprises that use Configuration Manager 2007 R2 can use that tool to deploy and manage updates.

Table 23-1 lists the advantages and disadvantages of each of the update distribution methods and the network size for which the method is effective. The sections that follow describe each of these methods in more detail.

Table 23-1. Comparison ...

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