What is the IU Microsoft Update Service, and how do I configure my computer to use it?

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About the IU Microsoft Update Service

The IU Microsoft Update Service is a quick and effective way to help secure your computer. It automatically installs patches and updates to a computer running Microsoft Windows and supported Microsoft software.

This service provides updates that you receive through Windows Automatic Update, but since it is hosted on the IU network, patches will download faster than if you were to download them directly from Microsoft.

Note:
This service provides critical and security-related patches only; it does not provide drivers, feature packs, tools, or non-critical non-security updates. Here is a full list of the types of updates offered by this service:
  • Critical updates
  • Security updates
  • Microsoft antivirus definition updates
  • Service packs
  • Update rollups

For help, see Microsoft Support.

When you connect your computer to the IU Microsoft Update Service, your computer will compare its currently installed patches with those available on the update server. If any patches or updates are missing, your computer will download and install them automatically.

Currently, the IU Microsoft Update Service provides updates for the following products:

Windows versions and products

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.x
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Ultimate Extras
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server Manager - Windows Server Update Services

Other Microsoft products

  • ASP.NET Web and Data Frameworks
  • Bing
  • Developer Tools, Runtimes, and Redistributables
    • Report Viewer 2010
    • Report Viewer 2008
    • Report Viewer 2005
    • Visual Studio 2013
    • Visual Studio 2012
    • Visual Studio 2010
    • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime
    • Visual Studio 2008
    • Visual Studio 2005
  • Device Health
  • Expressions
  • Forefront
  • HPC Pack
  • Internet Security and Acceleration Server
  • Microsoft Application Visualization
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Lync Server and Microsoft Lync
  • Microsoft Online Services
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel
  • Microsoft StreamInsight
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Network Monitor
  • Office Communications Server and Office Communicator
  • Office Live
  • Office
  • SDK Components
  • Silverlight
  • Skype
  • SQL Server
  • System Center Online
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center
  • Systems Management Server
  • Windows Azure Pack - Web Sites
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • Windows Live
Note:
This service is only one part of proper computer maintenance and security. The IU Microsoft Update Service does not guarantee installation of patches, and therefore is not a substitute for patch administration on your computer.

Configuring your computer

Using the IU Microsoft Update Service

  1. Download the installation file from IUware.
    Note:
    You must log in before you can download software. If not already logged in, click Log in for access, enter your Network ID, and then click Login. Once you're logged in, click Download.
  2. Save the file to your computer, and run the installer.

    On computers running Windows 7, you may be prompted to allow administrator access when you run the installer.

    Note:
    Indiana University policy Security of Information Technology Resources (IT-12) requires that you normally refrain from running your Windows computer as an administrator. For more, see What is the principle of least privilege?

Configuring your computer via Group Policy

For help configuring your computer's Group Policy settings, contact your IT Pro.

Verifying successful patch installation

To verify that patches have installed properly, you can use Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3.

You can also use Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) to check for missing security patches and vulnerabilities in the software installed on your computer.

Related documents

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Last modified on 2017-10-24 13:05:10.

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