Microsoft offers an update that allows you to manage WSUS 3.0 SP1 with Server Manager. I think this is the first non-Windows Server 2008 product that can be integrated in Server Manager. It seems that Microsoft is indeed copying the concept of Linux management tools such as SuSE's yast.

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The update should be available on Microsoft Connect. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to access it. Perhaps it isn't available to the public yet. I am curious in what way WSUS is integrated in Server Manager.

It is certainly nice if you can manage all Windows-related backend apps with one central management tool. However, it would be even more interesting if you can install and download non-Windows products via Server Manager.

I find this feature in yast very useful. It saves a lot of time if you don't have to search and download all prerequisites for a certain application, separately. With yast, you can just search for the tool you want to install and it will then tell you what other components have to be installed. It then downloads the latest versions of all programs and installs them in the right order. Of course, you can update everything via yast, too.

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