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There Is No Replacement for WAM (Adamj Script)

There Is No Replacement for WAM (Adamj Script)

In the realm of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), ensuring smooth functionality is a critical task for IT administrators. Enter WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM), a groundbreaking solution. WAM, previously referred to as the Adamj script, is more than just a...

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The New Version of WAM is Here!

The New Version of WAM is Here!

It’s that time again! Time to upgrade to the newest version of WAM so your WSUS maintenance stays as easy and breezy as can be. Here’s a summary of what’s new with the latest version of WAM. Features Some big feature changes include: Feature: Added support for using...

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Windows 11 KB5031455 Moment 4 Update: Version 23H2

Windows 11 KB5031455 Moment 4 Update: Version 23H2

Windows 11, version 23H2, also known as the Windows 11 2023 Update, is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Windows Update for Business.  With Microsoft’s release of the Windows 11 Moment 4 Update comes 150 new features. It’s a cumulative...

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Why KB-XXXXXXX Isn’t Showing Up in WSUS?

Why KB-XXXXXXX Isn’t Showing Up in WSUS?

KB stands for “Knowledge Base”. It’s a repository of articles that explain issues affecting Windows and other Microsoft products. Each security update begins with “KB” and refers to a specific Knowledge Base article. Each KB contains a number of updates and patches....

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The New Way to Import Windows Updates Into WSUS

The New Way to Import Windows Updates Into WSUS

Do you use WSUS to update your devices? Then this is for you. Microsoft has announced that the process of importing updates into WSUS has changed. Synchronizing updates in WSUS is not changing. This new way is only for the manual import (if needed) of optional preview...

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What is WSUS?

What is WSUS?

If you’re not totally sure what WSUS is or means, you’re in the right place. Maybe you haven’t yet experienced it or maybe you’re just starting out in the world of IT. In this article, we’ll break down what exactly WSUS is, how it works, and how best to maintain it....

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Welcome to the New Version of WAM 2023.07

Welcome to the New Version of WAM 2023.07

As IT professionals and system admins continue to discover WAM and its incredible utility, AJ Tek continues to update and enhance it so it’s better for everyone. We are thrilled to announce the release of the latest version of WAM - WAM 2023.07. Packed with new...

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The Pros & Cons of Using WSUS Automated Maintenance

The Pros & Cons of Using WSUS Automated Maintenance

If you’re still doing WSUS maintenance manually, we have one question for you: why? We have the solution that automates these tasks so you can focus on bigger, more important things. If you’re considering WAM but still aren’t sure, we’ve laid out all the WSUS...

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You Can Now Pay for WAM with Bitcoin!

You Can Now Pay for WAM with Bitcoin!

We are excited to announce that we have added Bitcoin as a payment option for WAM. As a growing number of our customers have expressed an interest in using cryptocurrency, we wanted to make sure that we could offer this convenient and secure payment option to all our...

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Understanding the Benefits of Keeping Your WSUS Clean

Understanding the Benefits of Keeping Your WSUS Clean

Some people, perhaps like yourself, might be unaware that WSUS maintenance is needed. You can’t just set it up and pretend it doesn’t exist. If you don’t regularly clean and maintain your WSUS, you’ll notice performance issues with the server. We’ll go over the...

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How to Prepare for On-Prem WSUS UUP Updates

How to Prepare for On-Prem WSUS UUP Updates

Quality updates are coming on March 28 for on-premises Windows 11, version 22H2 devices. The updates are coming via the Unified Update Platform (UUP) which interoperates with WSUS and Microsoft Configuration Manager. UUP quality updates are cumulative, including all...

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WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) Best Practices

WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) Best Practices

When configuring WSUS, you can consult Microsoft’s best practices. This will guide you through what to tune in WSUS. Still, there are different approaches to building and maintaining a WSUS Server, and overall, the situation can be rather complicated. That’s why WAM...

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Discover the Best Microsoft Patch Management Option

Discover the Best Microsoft Patch Management Option

Microsoft patch management is an essential aspect of keeping your organization’s computer systems secure and up to date. However, many organizations fail to take this task seriously, leaving their systems vulnerable to security threats and other issues. To this day,...

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New Version of WAM 2023.01

New Version of WAM 2023.01

Another one! Here we are, 8 years from our launch and heading into 2023, still making WAM even better. With this update, we continue to save you time and frustration by improving WAM once again to make it even more user-friendly and efficient. WAM 2023.01 also comes...

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Restoring Windows Server Update Services From Backups

Restoring Windows Server Update Services From Backups

You probably already know that backing up your Windows Server Updates Services is crucial. You want to back up because restores are faster than rebuilding WSUS. Although it’s not difficult to rebuild, it takes valuable time we know you don’t have. Your WSUS...

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Backing Up Windows Server Update Services

Backing Up Windows Server Update Services

You probably already know that backing up your Windows Server Update Services is crucial. You want to back up because restores are faster than rebuilding WSUS. Although it’s not difficult to rebuild, it takes valuable time we know you don’t have. Your WSUS...

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Windows 11 22H2: What You Need to Know

Windows 11 22H2: What You Need to Know

On this most recent Patch Tuesday, Microsoft announced the release of a new Windows 11 Update, formally known as Windows 11 22H2. In addition to their plans to release Microsoft 10 22H2 in a month’s time, several aspects and features of the new Windows 11 update have...

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The Newest Version of WAM (2022.07)

The Newest Version of WAM (2022.07)

In 2015, WAM was launched as a user-friendly and time-saving program to help our customers by performing WSUS automated maintenance. While the first version of WAM was a hit, we didn’t stop there. At AJ Tek, we’re constantly evolving WAM to make it better and more...

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WSUS Maintenance For Downstream Servers

WSUS Maintenance For Downstream Servers

Maintaining your WSUS is a necessity in any server, as it ensures your system’s storage is not taken over by unnecessary, old, or superseded updates, keeps your system running smoothly, and helps your server to stay up-to-date through new Microsoft updates that are...

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WSUS Maintenance For Your SCCM Environment

WSUS Maintenance For Your SCCM Environment

While managing WSUS (Windows Server Update Services)--especially when it comes to an SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) environment, it’s vital that you as a business administrator remain on top of the maintenance tasks to ensure that your server and all of...

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Windows Patch Tuesday: What You Need To Know

Windows Patch Tuesday: What You Need To Know

Many Windows users are already familiar with Patch Tuesday to a certain extent. The average user may understand the frequency of Microsoft updates, and the expectation to install the new patches to their servers, but perhaps they lack knowledge regarding why and how...

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How Windows 11 Makes WSUS Updates Smaller

How Windows 11 Makes WSUS Updates Smaller

Throughout the past few years, Microsoft has been slowly and steadily reducing the size of the downloads for their monthly Patch Tuesday releases. As WSUS updates continue to become smaller, this has seemed to culminate with the release of Windows 11 in which WSUS...

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New Version Of WAM 2022.01

New Version Of WAM 2022.01

Since our initial launch in 2015, AJ Tek has continued to change and evolve as our users and their working relationships with their computers have as well. This past year, as millions of individuals have been operating their workplaces and business from home, computer...

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Is WAM Compatible With Windows 11?

Is WAM Compatible With Windows 11?

On October 5th, 2021, Microsoft released their newest operating system: Windows 11. While Windows 11 is more aptly considered a reworking of Windows 10, it did come with stricter-than-usual hardware requirements and several changes (most notably a change in aesthetic...

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How To Decline and Remove Updates From a WSUS Server

How To Decline and Remove Updates From a WSUS Server

The main purpose of a WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) administrator is to manage incoming Microsoft updates to then be installed on Windows servers. While WSUS administrators handle the process of managing and organizing new updates, they may not have the...

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WUfB or WSUS? Which Is Better?

WUfB or WSUS? Which Is Better?

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) has been a trusted tool relied on by many system administrators to manage Windows updates from 2005 on. Since Microsoft released WSUS to supersede Software Update Services (SUS), it has been helping businesses with their system...

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How To Install WAM

How To Install WAM

Installing new software can be daunting when you're not familiar with it, so here's our step-by-step guide to installing WAM onto your server!

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Importance of WSUS Cleanup, Even If Only In SCCM

Importance of WSUS Cleanup, Even If Only In SCCM

In the past, it has been easy to dismiss WSUS cleanup, especially regarding its use for SCCM. Once upon a time, there wasn’t a huge need to interfere with the WSUS system behind SCCM, as we usually just assumed that the SCCM settings would take precedence over it, and...

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The Newest Version of WAM (2021.07)

The Newest Version of WAM (2021.07)

Here at AJ Tek, we are extremely proud of the work we’ve accomplished in creating our WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) software. System administrators and IT professionals around the world have been using and enjoying our software since we first released it publicly...

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No More Synchronization For WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2

No More Synchronization For WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2

Microsoft has officially announced that Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) users will no longer be able to synchronize and download updates starting on October 31, 2021. While this may be a surprise to some, the writing has been on the wall...

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The Best Way To Fix WSUS Errors

The Best Way To Fix WSUS Errors

As we all know, the Windows operating system releases updates to help protect your system from security issues fairly regularly. Occasionally though, you may run into unexpected errors when trying to download a Windows 10 update using your Windows Server Update...

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Windows 10 Flash Player Killer Update

Windows 10 Flash Player Killer Update

Here at AJ Tek, we like to keep our customers in the know when it comes to major changes to not only our WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) software, but the WSUS and Windows world in general! One such major announcement that we want to focus on is that Adobe, a trusted...

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New Bundled Updates for Windows 10

New Bundled Updates for Windows 10

Recently, Microsoft officially changed how they would be delivering updates to certain parts of Windows 10 and Windows Server that receive and install Windows Update files. This new method of bundled Windows updates is said to eliminate confusion and totally...

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Decline Multiple Types of Updates with WAM

Decline Multiple Types of Updates with WAM

What's the easiest way to decline updates? WAM! Licensed WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) users get to enjoy numerous benefits after installing our groundbreaking software. Whether it be creating more free time to do other tasks outside of maintaining their WSUS, or...

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The Newest Version of WAM is Now Available

The Newest Version of WAM is Now Available

We’re constantly evolving our software to ensure it stays up to date and is providing the best experience for our users. We are happy to announce that the newest version of WAM is now available to all active licensed users! What can you expect in the latest version?...

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Q & A with AJ Tek’s Adam Marshall

Q & A with AJ Tek’s Adam Marshall

Adam Marshall is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer who specializes in security. As an IT Specialist, Adam takes care of everything IT related including hardware, software, networking, firewalls, backups, desktops, servers, Active Directory, Exchange, Dynamics GP...

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Is WSUS Worth It?

Is WSUS Worth It?

There is no cost to use WSUS from Microsoft, they provide it free, included with Windows Server, but there are costs associated with it—mainly the salary or wage of the person that needs to run and maintain the system. Also, if you choose to contact Microsoft Support...

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How To Justify A WAM Subscription

How To Justify A WAM Subscription

As an IT professional, your employer pays for your knowledge and expertise so it’s important to spend your time wisely. While keeping up with WSUS maintenance is crucial, it can eat up a lot of your time. For many companies, a subscription to WAM is actually the most...

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WSUS vs ConfigMgr/SCCM

WSUS vs ConfigMgr/SCCM

WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) and Microsoft Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr/SCCM) are both Microsoft products. While they’re often discussed together, especially in relation to updates, they are two distinct products. In the most general terms, WSUS is...

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Plan WSUS Maintenance

Plan WSUS Maintenance

How often do you perform WSUS maintenance? Is it a monthly task? Quarterly? Or maybe even yearly? You need to have a plan for WSUS maintenance. Microsoft recommends monthly maintenance. But ideally, you should be proactively maintaining your servers and database for...

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Want Better Performance? Clean Up Your WSUS Database

Want Better Performance? Clean Up Your WSUS Database

If you’re running into performance issues with your WSUS server, your first step should be to investigate the WSUS database to see if it’s the cause of the errors. If you’re lax with maintenance, the database could be filled with unneeded and unnecessary updates,...

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Remove Unnecessary Updates from WSUS Server

Remove Unnecessary Updates from WSUS Server

Removing unnecessary updates will free up a significant amount of space on servers. While WSUS knows when older updates become obsolete and are no longer needed, they remain on the server—taking up space—until *you* remove them.   You can manually remove unnecessary...

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Easy WSUS Maintenance for IT Administrators

Easy WSUS Maintenance for IT Administrators

Many IT administrators are lax with WSUS maintenance. While Microsoft recommends monthly maintenance, and outlines the steps required in 17 pages of detailed instructions, the truth is, many IT specialists just don’t have the time. Instead of proactively maintaining...

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How to Easily Decline WSUS Updates

How to Easily Decline WSUS Updates

If you do not need—or do not want to deploy—certain updates to your network ever, you need to manually select and decline updates. Declining updates for the sake of managing what you see in the update views is NOT the way to manage WSUS. You should scope your views...

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How to Automate WSUS Maintenance

How to Automate WSUS Maintenance

How much time do you spend on WSUS maintenance? Do you put it off because of the time it requires, or do you just dread the monotonous tasks of going through updates? Do you even know that you need to do WSUS maintenance? Did you know that there is an easy way to...

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How to Avoid WSUS Errors

How to Avoid WSUS Errors

As a system admin, it’s likely that you’ll run into WSUS errors and Windows Update client errors, as it’s just part of the job. The extremely frustrating part is that often, the error code is a maddening mix of letters and numbers: 0x8024401F 0x8024401c 0x8024402b...

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How to Clean Up WSUS Database?

How to Clean Up WSUS Database?

If you’re running out of space in your WSUS database, you might decline updates and run the Cleanup Wizard; however, this Cleanup tool doesn’t actually clean the database, leading to sluggish and slow operations.  To easily clean up your WSUS database, there’s only...

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Why WAM is Only Available for Purchase by Credit Card

Why WAM is Only Available for Purchase by Credit Card

In order to keep WAM affordable for businesses and to continue providing prompt support and new development, we streamline our ordering process. That includes having all our transactions done online so that customers can purchase a WAM license and immediately begin...

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How Often Should I Run WSUS Maintenance?

How Often Should I Run WSUS Maintenance?

According to Microsoft Support, you should be performing WSUS maintenance monthly.1 Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for System Administrators to set up WSUS servers and then forget or completely ignore maintenance tasks, which can cause a number of problems down the...

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How to Protect Your Company from IT Security Risks

How to Protect Your Company from IT Security Risks

With the prevalence of cyberattacks, it’s imperative that every company has a cybersecurity plan. Attacks are so frequent, it can be hard to keep up with the latest breaches. Troy Hunt, a Microsoft MVP & Microsoft Regional Director, created a website, Have I Been...

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How to Clear Space on WSUS Server

How to Clear Space on WSUS Server

If your WSUS server is consuming too much space — it can be a symptom of slowdowns, errors and countless other problems. System administrators can waste a lot of time trying to clear space and often their efforts would be better spent elsewhere. WAM is automated WSUS...

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Why We Don’t Offer a Free Trial of WAM

Why We Don’t Offer a Free Trial of WAM

At AJ Tek, our vision is to make IT simple and automated for professionals. Our flagship product, WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) embodies this philosophy by performing all the tasks that a system administrator would need to do, leaving only approving updates and...

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Manage WSUS Updates in the Banking Sector

Manage WSUS Updates in the Banking Sector

Banks have strict protocols when it comes to security and it can be hard for system administrators to ensure that WSUS servers are properly maintained with critical security upgrades. With WAM, you can purchase licenses that match your WSUS configuration so that you...

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Best Way to Maintain WSUS in a Law Office

Best Way to Maintain WSUS in a Law Office

When working with sensitive and confidential information, it’s imperative WSUS is regularly maintained to prevent security risks from compromising your computing environment. Keeping WSUS maintained can be a full-time job and falling behind can put your law office at...

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WSUS Automated Maintenance for School Systems

WSUS Automated Maintenance for School Systems

WAM is the best solution for system administrators working in school systems where thousands of computers need to be maintained. Keeping up with not only patching systems, but also including the maintenance that needs to happen on the patch management system itself...

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The Benefit of Being a Microsoft MVP

The Benefit of Being a Microsoft MVP

Adam Marshall, President of AJ Tek, has the proud distinction of being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). This prestigious title was awarded to him for his work and contribution in the “Windows and Devices for IT” MVP category. Microsoft MVPs MVP titles are...

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How Much Time Do You Spend on WSUS Maintenance?

How Much Time Do You Spend on WSUS Maintenance?

WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) is a unique product on the market. There’s nothing else that currently offers the same functionality, ease of use and low price-point. The best part of WAM is that as a system administrator, you’re able to work on other tasks, instead...

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Access to the Right People Means Getting Things Done

Access to the Right People Means Getting Things Done

I have come across an anomaly in the Windows 10 software through our work here at AJ Tek and helping out in the community. It only occurs in particular circumstances, but it does appear somewhat regularly and frustrates the user. Rather than the slow and winding road...

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FAQ: What’s the Required Software to Run WAM?

FAQ: What’s the Required Software to Run WAM?

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is mandatory for many companies but can be frustrating and complicated to manage. WAM is a fully automated software solution that can index the WSUS database, remove declined updates and drivers, clean synchronization logs and...

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FAQ: How Many WAM Licenses Do I Need?

FAQ: How Many WAM Licenses Do I Need?

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. Types of Systems & Licenses In addition to the...

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How Long Does WAM Take to Clean WSUS?

How Long Does WAM Take to Clean WSUS?

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...

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WSUS Best Practices for New System Admins

WSUS Best Practices for New System Admins

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...

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Frustrated with WSUS Errors?

Frustrated with WSUS Errors?

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...

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Save Time With Easy WSUS Cleanup

Save Time With Easy WSUS Cleanup

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...

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PowerShell: Why should I learn it? Where do I start?

PowerShell: Why should I learn it? Where do I start?

Why should I learn PowerShell? Microsoft, Linux, Unix, Solaris, Android, iOS - Operating Systems that run our planet. Computers, Phones, Cameras, MediaPlayers, BlueRay players, Set top boxes, Alarm Systems, IoT - Some of the devices that we have that use these...

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