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Introduction

Update classifications indicate the type of the update. For a product or product family, updates can be available in multiple update classifications. For example, the Windows XP family can have both Critical Updates and Security Updates).

Element

Description

Test and Production mode

The Classification folder is available for a Patch Management child point and All updates. The folder contains a number of subfolders, one for each registered category. When you click on a folder, specific updates for this folder are shown in the content pane. The basic idea is to show updates in an easy and structured way.
 

Tree view

The classifications shown in the tree view reflect the classifications selected on the WSUS server 3.0 in the WSUS management console. They are synchronized once a day.
 

  

Classification descriptions

Element

Description

Critical updates

Broadly released fixes for specific problems addressing critical, non-security-related bugs.

Definition updates

Updates to virus files or other definition files.

Drivers

Software components designed to support new hardware.

Feature packs

New feature releases, usually rolled into products at the next release.

Security Updates

Broadly released fixes for specific products, addressing security issues.

Service packs

Cumulative sets of all hotfixes, security updates, critical updates and other updates created since the release of the product. Service packs might also contain a limited number of customer-requested design changes or features.

Tools

Utilities or features that aid in accomplishing a task or a set of tasks.

Update Rollups

Cumulative sets of hotfixes, security updates, critical updates and other updates packaged together for easy deployment. A rollup generally targets a specific area, such as security, or a specific component, such as Internet Information Services (IIS).

Updates

Broadly released fixes for specific problems addressing non-critical, non-security-related bugs.

 

 

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