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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Windows Updates for Labs Without an Internet Connection

I'm often building lab environments that have no ability to get online. This is usually because some of the VMs I build have the same name as actual production systems. Some of them are even restores of production VMs in a lab environment. Naming conflicts suck, especially in the middle of the day.

I found a great tool called WSUS Offline Update that lets me put all of the WSUS updates I want onto a virtual DVD and update my OS from it. I wish I had it back in the day when I was updating remote offices on a slow and shared internet connection! It's well-built and fairly granular - you can pick and choose OS, Architecture, etc. It will even do Office and .NET!