IT administrators have until Dec. 6 to use Microsoft's free patch management tool, Software Update Services, after which they must switch to the newest version of the software, which is now called Windows Server Update Services.
The software company extended support for SUS for a few months, but after Dec. 6, SUS will no longer synchronize new updates, the company said. As of Aug. 24, IT administrators were no longer able to download SUS from Microsoft's Web site.
Microsoft released WSUS at TechEd in June. The technology, which builds on SUS, gives customers a single means of patching several servers in the Windows family of products, including Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Office XP, Office 2003, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine and Exchange Server 2003. The company plans to support additional servers over time.
WSUS is recommended for customers who don't use an enterprise management system to patch their servers and desktops.