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Deploying Microsoft patches without AD or SMS

What is the simplest way to deploy Microsoft patches to 100+ desktops if you do not have Active Directory or SMS?

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Microsoft Software Update Service (SUS) is a free program you can download from It acts as a central server that downloads all patches and pushes them out to all client PCs.

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  • This was first published in September 2003

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