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Like the title says... Is there any way to run a Windows Update Server as a jail or something like that? Preferably I'd like to keep FreeNAS as the host OS. I don't think my box is powerful enough to run virtualised (HP mini server).

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Would running the database and file hosting on the FreeNAS and having another computer running the WSUS Software be acceptable? Also installing only a Core install of windows server should not take up too many resources. – Scott Chamberlain Aug 26 '13 at 5:17
Yes, perhaps I could run windows server on virtualbox on one of my workstations and keep the updates on the NAS. That would work. But if I was to do a windows core server install on the NAS how would that be done? Dual boot (FreeNAS and Windows Server) comes to mind, but having WSUS running as a VM under FreeNAS would be very cool. I'm just not sure how to go about it. – Paul Matthews Aug 26 '13 at 22:43

A jail by itself will not work, because that is still a FreeBSD environment.

But before trying virualization, you should try wine. In the wine app database, there is at least one mention of WSUS. So running WSUS under wine in a jail might work.

If all else fails, you can always run windows server under virtualbox or qemu.

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Virtualbox would be good but would it be easy to setup on FreeNAS? From what I am reading FreeNAS is not really designed for installing whatever additional software you like. That's what jails are used for. Maybe Ubuntu server would be a better (easier) platform to run Virutalbox. Failing that a dual boot (FreeNAS/Windows Server) might be the easiest and most robust solution. – Paul Matthews Sep 3 '13 at 23:56
You can just install stuff using ports. – Roland Smith Sep 9 '13 at 21:02

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