WSUS and SQL Server 2005

Is WSUS compatible with SQL Server 2005?

SQL 2005 (any edition) is not a supported environment for WSUS 2.0. Officially WSUS is not supported on SQL Server 2005 by Microsoft, at this time.

However, I have seen some folks in the community successfully installing WSUS 2.0 on SQL Server 2005. It’s an “unsupported” configuration at this time. It is recommended to install WSUS on SQL 2000 instead of SQL 2005.

3 thoughts on “WSUS and SQL Server 2005

  1. Not a single problem running WSUS on SQL 2005 Express. Just after installation there was performance issue with refreshing list of updates, I had to apply a patch (SQL script) to change index on one table. It was taking WSUS 2-3 minutes to refresh the list, now it’s 2-3 seconds. All my various W2K/XP/2003/2003 64-bit machines get updated successfully.

    I’ve had numerous other problems with upgrading from SUS server, migrating content and approvals, configuring Windows Update group policies, upgrading clients, making sure i have selfupdate virt dir on port 80 (main WSUS admin site runs on a custom port) etc.
    Otherwise WSUS 2.0 is a pretty decent patch management tool (could be better of course, especially on the client side)

    SQL 2005 Express was the smallest of problems really.

    Best regards,

  2. Hi Peter,

    You might be able to install WSUS on SQL 2005 successfully (if you are lucky) but the point I am trying to make here is – OFFICIALLY MICROSOFT IS NOT SUPPORTING WSUS ON SQL 2005 as of today. This means if you log a call with PSS then they will not support you for any issues related to WSUS on SQL 2005.

    Hope this makes sense.

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