The Pros and Cons of Windows Update Delivery Optimization

As we previously discussed, there are many ways to optimize the delivery of software content. Let’s look at the one that’s likely already on your computer: Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

What is Windows Update Delivery Optimization?

Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) is a native Microsoft tool that’s a part of Windows 10. The tool is designed to reduce bandwidth by having your PCs grab updates from other peers on your network who have already downloaded the content, reducing the amount of traffic generated due to updates.

What Should You Consider?

WUDO was built to take care of lightweight requirements in the form of Windows updates that are readily available on the web, ideal for small networks. However, it lacks support for the heavier application and package distribution/task sequencing needs often found at the enterprise level. In addition, WUDO lacks support for operating system deployment, making it useless for the Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration.

Due to its lack of use cases, strength and functionality, WUDO will likely only add another layer of complexity with minimal return for most enterprise-level networks.

Costs

Because WUDO is included in Windows 10, the upfront costs are non-existent beyond what you’re already paying for Windows 10 anyway. However, operating costs should be considered on the moderate to high end when you consider that you’ll likely need additional solutions to handle your other use cases.

Should You Pick WUDO?

Just want to speed up your software update deliveries? WUDO might work for you. The ideal candidate for WUDO will likely be a small organization that’s unconcerned about SCCM performance and is looking for an inexpensive entrance into the world of software content delivery.

Should You Skip WUDO?

Despite the price tag, you should skip WUDO if your network delivers a large volume of big software files across geographically-distributed locations.


WUDO Pros

  • Leverages peer to peer efficiency for limited use cases
  • Can send and receive update files at the same time
  • Can resume downloads
  • Can perform load balancing
  • Windows 10 Feature and Cumulative Updates enabled
  • No upfront costs

WUDO Cons

  • No SCCM support
  • No control over content
  • No reporting or analytics
  • Requires extensive boundary configuration
  • Requires manual boundaries definition to define scope of peering when crossing subnets
  • Doesn’t support Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration
  • Doesn’t support Packages and Application Deployment
  • Doesn’t have a smart agent to enable Optimal Source Selection

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