There is no cost to use WSUS from Microsoft, they provide it free, included with Windows Server, but there are costs associated with it—mainly the salary or wage of the person that needs to run and maintain the system. Also, if you choose to contact Microsoft Support directly, you will pay for the support on a per-instance basis unless you have other terms with Microsoft.
For those unfamiliar with WSUS, time has to be spent learning how to use it before undertaking setup and maintenance. Even seasoned professionals will inevitably end up devoting time troubleshooting problems throughout the year. All the time spent learning, maintaining or troubleshooting WSUS is time that you’re not applying to other, sometimes more important, tasks. So, given the hidden expenses, is it really worth using WSUS?
Yes, if you use the right software to automate maintenance!
WSUS is the best solution in many situations, you just need to make sure that you’re allocating the right resources to keep it maintained. Instead of using personnel for manual maintenance, use WAM. When using WAM, all you would need to do is approve the needed updates on your patching schedule.
Once installed, WAM runs daily and will automatically:
- backup the database,
- re-index the WSUS database,
- decline superseded updates,
- run the WSUS Server Cleanup Wizard (SCW).
- And many more maintenance items.
These daily tasks are done in the background, and once installed, require no input. At the end of the run each day, a report is emailed (either TXT or HTML by default) for review.
With WAM, you’ll free up time by automating maintenance and decreasing the likelihood of running into errors. If you ever do run into any issues with WAM, we offer prompt online support.
We believe in our product and want to ensure all businesses have access to this time-saving software, so our licenses are extremely affordable. It’s priced at only $60 USD a year for a single license (that’s only $5 a month). The small cost of our software is offset by the time and resources that can be reallocated into other IT projects.
When you invest in WAM, WSUS is definitely worth it!
Purchase WAM today for automated maintenance.