If you’re still doing WSUS maintenance manually, we have one question for you: why? We have the solution that automates these tasks so you can focus on bigger, more important things. If you’re considering WAM but still aren’t sure, we’ve laid out all the WSUS Automated Maintenance pros and cons for you here.
WSUS Automated Maintenance Pros
It saves you time.
Automating WSUS maintenance tasks can save you a significant amount of time. Instead of manually performing routine tasks, such as running the SQL maintenance processes, approving or declining updates, cleaning up obsolete updates, and optimizing the installation of WSUS, the automation process can handle these tasks automatically.
It’s consistent and accurate.
By automating WSUS maintenance, you can ensure that maintenance tasks are performed consistently and accurately. Manual maintenance can be prone to human errors or inconsistencies, whereas automation reduces the risk of such mistakes.
It simplifies things.
WSUS Automated Maintenance allows administrators to focus on more critical tasks. By reducing the time spent on repetitive maintenance activities, administrators can allocate their resources more efficiently. Plus, WAM has a path (the Blue path) that automatically sets up the best defaults. This makes setting everything up even easier.
It ensures compliance and security.
Another benefit of automating WSUS maintenance is that it ensures that systems are regularly updated with the latest security patches and updates. This helps maintain compliance with security standards and reduces the risk of security vulnerabilities.
There aren’t really any cons to using WSUS Automated Maintenance. It’s not even difficult to set up and configure. Besides, if you do have issues, fast, reliable support is included in your subscription.
The only potential negative of automating your WSUS maintenance using WAM is that it costs money. This is truly the only con. BUT, you’ll realize very quickly that it’s not even a negative when you see how much time and effort it saves you. The cost is minimal, and considering the time and resources it can save you, this price is basically nothing. And in fact, it justifies itself.
Justifying Your WAM Subscription
As we said, a WAM subscription justifies itself. Here’s the math on that:
- What’s your hourly wage? (This is how much you cost your employer per hour).
- How much time do you spend or would you be spending implementing Microsoft’s recommended maintenance?
- Now, take your hourly wage and multiply it by the number of hours you do or think you would spend on proper WSUS maintenance.
For example, let’s say you make $30,000 a year (which is low), meaning $15.38/hour. It will take you about 6 hours to read and get the WSUS maintenance done and automated. That alone would be a cost to your company of $92.28. Now, factor in the time you’ll spend in a few months dealing with errors, troubleshooting, and finding and implementing solutions. Add another several hours.
You can see how quickly a WAM license pays for itself. So, if you were hesitant at the beginning of this article, now it should be a given that a WAM subscription is totally worth it and is only beneficial to you and your company.
WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) system was developed by AJ Tek and is used by system administrators worldwide—from Australia to Antarctica. With over 50,000 unique downloads, it’s the preferred method of WSUS maintenance worldwide.