How to create Microsoft update cache rule in MS ISA


Microsoft Update keeps systems up to date. whenever you are updating through http://update.microsoft.com it is costing your bandwidth. Everybody does it repeatedly. So a clever way to manage this issue is to add a cache rule in Microsoft ISA server. It will cache necessary Microsoft update. whenever a request for Microsoft update pop up it will check ISA cache. this will save bandwidth as a result save money too. Here are the screen shots to help you with the cache rule.

Open ISA Management console>View>check task pan

Cache Rule2

Toolbox>Network Objects>Domain name Set>New Domain Name Set

Cache Rule

Type Microsoft Update Domain Name Set as Name and Add all the update sites mentioned here. Apply>ok.

  • http://download.windowsupdate.com
  • https://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com
  • http://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com
  • http://*.update.microsoft.com
  • http://*.download.windowsupdate.com
  • http://update.microsoft.com
  • http://*.windowsupdate.com
  • http://download.microsoft.com
  • http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
  • http://ntservicepack.microsoft.com
  • http://wustat.windows.com
  • https://*.update.microsoft.com
  • https://update.microsoft.com
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    On the left hand side pan, expand ISA array>expand configuration>right click on cache>new>Cache rule

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    As you have added a cache rule, it might take a bit disk space. so change cache drive from system partition to another. In my case, I set up D:\ drive for urlcache. To do that right click on cahce>cache drives>Set D:\ drive or different in your case.

    Cache Rule13

    Cache Rule14

    About Raihan Al-Beruni

    My Name is Raihan Al-Beruni. I am working as an Infrastructure Architect in Data Center Technologies in Perth, Western Australia. I have been working on Microsoft technologies for more than 15 years. Other than Microsoft technologies I also work on Citrix validated solution and VMware data center virtualization technologies. I have a Masters degree in E-Commerce. I am certified in Microsoft, VMware, ITIL and EMC. My core focus is on cloud technologies. In my blog I share my knowledge and experience to enrich information technology community as a whole. I hope my contribution through this blog will help someone who wants more information on data center technologies.
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