Article ID: 6950, created on Nov 27, 2009, last review on May 4, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo containers for Linux 4.6
  • Virtuozzo containers for Windows 6.0
  • Virtuozzo containers for Windows 4.6


This article describes how to deploy Virtuozzo Update Service and Windows Server Update Services in order to reduce traffic consumption and to have the same patch level on all Virtuozzo containers for Windows nodes in your infrastructure.


VSUS depends on WSUS service, so firstly it is required WSUS to be installed into the container.

Installation of WSUS and VUS inside Windows 2008 container:

1. Create a container that meets WSUS requirements: a minimum of 20 GB of free space is recommended for the volume where WSUS stores content; 30 GB of free space is recommended.

2. Start the container, login using RDP and add IIS Web Server and File Server roles through Windows 2008 Server Manager snap-in.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that the following components are enabled:

  • Windows Authentication
  • 6.0 Management Compatibility
  • IIS Metabase Compatibility

3. Download and install WSUS 3.0 SP2 package for your architecture inside the container.

4. In WSUS Server Configuration Wizard on "Choose Upstream Server" step set "Synchronize from another Windows Server Update Service" to

5. From within the container download and install Virtuozzo Update Server 32 bit or Virtuozzo Update Server 64 bit depending on your server architecture.

Note: VUS 4.5 is compatible with all versions of Virtuozzo containers for Windows.

The container is ready to synchronize Windows and Virtuozzo containers updates with Odin Update Server.

Configuration of server to download Virtuozzo containers updates from local VUS:

  1. Run Virtuozzo Update Wizard, click Proxy Settings;
  2. Go to Virtuozzo Update Settings, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.5, select "Another location" in "Install updates from" and replace with your local update server name, then click apply.

Configuration of server to download Windows updates from local WSUS:

  1. Install the following update on WSUS for Windows Server 2012 clients.
  2. Enable Client-side Targeting.

    To enable client-side targeting on your WSUS server, click the Use Group Policy or registry settings on client computers option on the Computers Options page.

  3. Replace with IP or hostname of the WSUS+VUS Container and then run the following on Parallels Containers server (copy paste to command line):

    C:\> reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\windows\WindowsUpdate" /v WUServer /f /d
    C:\> reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\windows\WindowsUpdate" /v WUStatusServer /f /d
    net stop wuauserv &wuauclt /resetauthorization /detectnow

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