LUP allows you to
- Publish applications to a domain or workgroup.
- Create rules to define install behavior.
- Monitor progress of installations.
- Use WSUS groups for approvals.
- Utilize existing WSUS architecture.
- Support multiple parent and child servers.
- Import and export standard update catalogs.
Microsoft released the WSUS API which is the foundation for products
such as the official WSUS console and System Center Update Publisher
(SCUP). The API includes documentation for what Microsoft calls local publishing. Local publishing allows system
administrators to create and publish updates to WSUS for distribution
just like Microsoft’s own Windows Updates.
Local Update Publisher uses this API to create software packages, publish them to WSUS, approve them and monitor installation results. Local Update Publisher can distribute any MSI, MSP or EXE and is successfully being used to distribute updates for common programs such as Adobe Reader, Flash, Firefox and Java. Even more complex installs such as Microsoft Hotfixes and Symantec Endpoint Protection have been successfully distributed via Local Update Publisher.
Detailed steps about getting started with Local Update Publisher can be found in the Documentation Wiki (under the Support link above). These instructions cover both installation of Local Update Publisher and creating your own updates. For general usage questions, visit the Help Forum (under the Support tab).
Should you find a bug or have an idea for a new feature, you can use the Bug Tracker or Feature Track options (under Support) to report them.
While there is no need for programming skills in order to use Local Update Publisher, people who are interested can browse the latest source code using the Downloads/SVN link above. To be kept informed of the latest check-ins to SVN, join the mailing SVN Mailing List by using Downloads/SVN Mailing list. Also, check out the “Compiling the application” section in the Documentation Wiki.