A Group Update Provider is a client computer that you designate to locally distribute content updates to clients. A Group Update Provider downloads content updates from the management server and distributes the updates to itself and other clients. The advantage of the Group Update Provider is that it conserves bandwidth by offloading processing power from the management server to the Group Update Provider.
Group Update Providers are ideal for delivering content updates to clients that have limited network access to the server. You can use a Group Update Provider for clients in a remote location over a slow link.
Table: Tasks to use Group Update Providers