Tufts University School of Medicine hosts a Windows Update Server. This server allows Tufts computers to automatically download and install Microsoft Updates, which includes security updates for Microsoft Windows as well as other business-related Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Visio, Frontpage, etc.). When a Windows computers is joined to the domain it automatically connects to the update service and begins receiving updates. Microsoft releases security patches on the first Tuesday of every month. The University WSUS server is set to push updates 7 days after Microsoft releases them (or the second Tuesday of every month) in order for the patches to be tested. Once the testing is complete, the patches are released overnight (midnight) and are installed the next time that the computer is turned on.
If you are interested in joining this service, please contact OIT at OIT@tufts.edu or at 617-636-0331.