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The Windows Server Update Services: Client-Server Protocol MUST be carried out over SOAP (as specified in [SOAP1.1]) and HTTP (as specified in [RFC2616]) and consists of the following set of Web services and virtual directories.

  • Update content directory: A virtual directory, as specified in section 2.2.2.5, which MUST be populated with updatecontent files. The server provides this virtual directory only as a container of files, which are accessible by clients through HTTP GET and HEAD requests.

  • Self-update content directory: A virtual directory containing the client self-update binaries, as specified in section 2.2.2.5, which MUST be populated with self-update content files. The server provides this virtual directory only as a container of files, which are accessible by clients through HTTP GET and HEAD requests.

  • SimpleAuth Web service: A Web service that clients consult to obtain cached state for use by servers in restricting availability of updates to groups of clients, as specified in section 2.2.2.1.

  • Client Web service: A Web service that synchronizes metadata to the client, as specified in section 2.2.2.2.

  • Reporting Web service: A Web service that clients contact to report selected events containing information on their update activity, as specified in section 2.2.2.3.

The following sections specify the use of the transports listed above and the syntax of these Web services.

 
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