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Licensing Explained

What is the Minimum Required Licenses?

The minimum required license is 1 ‘Single or Upstream‘ license. WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) © must be used on ALL WSUS Servers including Online/Offline/Disconnected Upstream Servers, Downstream Servers (Replica Servers or Autonomous Servers), and Stand Alone WSUS Servers. Failure to do so will cause database and file structure inconsistency between Upstream and Downstream servers (usually with reporting).

If you do not have access to the Upstream server and cannot install WSUS Automated Maintenance on it, you still must purchase the license for it to be compliant.

If the Upstream system administrators are not performing the required maintenance, the ‘system as a whole’ is not going to be as optimized and maintained as it can be (and againt’s Microsoft’s recommendations). WAM can still be installed only on the downstream servers. When installed on autonomous WSUS Servers only, WAM will still function at 100% efficiency on that specific system as WAM is able to perform all of its tasks. The only caveat is that you must also purchase the license for the upstream to be compliant. When installed on replica downstream servers only, you will still get the functionality of WAM at about a 50-60% efficiency as downstream replica’s inherit approvals and WAM cannot decline updates unless it is run at the upstream server. The only other caveat is that you must also purchase the license for the upstream to be compliant.