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The basic WAM license is called a Single or Upstream license. This is the only license you need for a single WSUS server. In this scenario, the WSUS server connects directly to Microsoft Update to download updates.

In addition to the Single or Upstream license, you may need to purchase additional … Read More

On most new systems, WAM can clean WSUS in under 72 hours; however, older systems with slower processing power could take longer.

Older hardware—especially systems between 2010 and 2012—can slow down when it comes to removing obsolete updates. While many systems will clear this step in minutes or just a few … Read More

New system administrators will have a varying degree of familiarity with WSUS. Some might have helped with Windows server admin tasks in previous roles while others might be learning everything on the job. When it comes to WSUS best practices, there is nothing more important than maintenance and regularly scheduling … Read More

When using your WSUS server, there are hundreds of possible errors you could encounter. Investigating WSUS errors and possible solutions can take up an enormous amount of your time, whether it’s through trial-and-error or searching forum articles on fixes for your specific, and often unique, situation. Instead of getting frustrated … Read More

Connecting to the Windows Internal Database (WID) can only be done LOCALLY. It cannot be done from a remote machine. This is one of the trade-offs for using WID over SQL Express (but SQL Express carries a hard database size limit where as the WID does not).
Using SQL Server Management … Read More

As a system administrator, are you tired of seeing “an error occurred trying to connect the WSUS server” or “the WSUS administration console has encountered an unexpected error” while working with WSUS? With our WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) software, you can free up space, avoid error messages and save time … Read More

Windows Update for Business (WUfB) is a new method of thinking about how updates are done. It is a fundamental switch in how you look at dealing with updates. It can make your life easier if you can just get over the fundamental switch in realizing that you have little … Read More

As Microsoft changes Windows 10 to use more Features on Demand (FOD), there will be a much larger pull to have these updates come directly from Microsoft. Currently (2019.02), feature on demand updates don’t flow down to WSUS specifically from 1809. I’m not entirely sure why because there are Windows … Read More

What do the following have in common for WSUS Administrators?

Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received (BranchReadinessLevel, DeferFeatureUpdates, DeferFeatureUpdatesPeriodInDays, PauseFeatureUpdatesStartTime)
Select when Quality Updates are received (DeferQualityUpdates, DeferQualityUpdatesPeriodInDays)

Besides being Windows Update for Business policies (a fundamental change of the way you think about updates), when specified in … Read More

Proper domain controller DNS setup is vital for Active Directory to work properly. Best practice dictates that each domain controller should be setup with a different DNS server as it’s preferred DNS server, and and the loopback address (127.0.0.1) as it’s alternate DNS server. If you have more than 2 … Read More