[gptalk] Re: XP Service Pack 3 Deployment

  • From: "Phillip M. Immordino" <pimmo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:10:35 -0400

You are better off using WSUS rather than GPO's if you have unreliable
networks.  WSUS uses BITS technology to transfer the update in the
background.  Group Policy does not use BITS and thus requires even more
reliable bandwidth.  BITS can be used on something as slow as dialup.
It won't do the install until the entire package is on the machine  and
in the c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution folder.
At Princeton we will be using WSUS to distribute Vista SP1 to around
1200 machines and XP SP3 to around 8000 XP machines.  It will be staged
over various WSUS groups.
Phil Immordino
Princeton University
OIT Support Services
Software Support - Manager


From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Ray Lewis
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 4:01 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] XP Service Pack 3 Deployment

Hello all...


I'm going to be using Software Update Services to deploy XP Service Pack
3 to my clients but as our SUS server is based centrally, this can put a
strain on the sites with unreliable networks. 


For these instances, I was hoping to use Group Policy for deployment but
I can't find an .msi package for SP3 and I've not deployed an SP using
this method before - any tips and ideas where I can get my hands on the


Thanks in advance





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