Another Successful In-Place Upgrade – Why Not Change How You Think?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Blog, Guides, WSUS
I've successfully in-place upgraded a WSUS/PDQ Deploy/PDQ Inventory server from Server 2012 > Server 2012R2 > Server 2019 > Server 2022. It is a VM that is appropriately sized for the 3 roles that it has. Caveats with WSUS: After the in-place upgrades, you must launch the Post-Install tasks - you ... Read More
October 28, 2021Adam J. Marshall
Update GPO Settings



Reset Windows Update GPO Settings

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
If you want to Reset the Windows Update GPO Settings because you are moving away from WSUS, or you need to for troubleshooting purposes (sometimes corruption in the registry permissions prevent expected changes from happening), the easiest way to do this is to remove the entire Registry Key: HKLM:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate Doing this will ... Read More
June 24, 2021Adam J. Marshall
Install Optional Components With WSUS


I'm sorry.... You CAN'T import the .NET 3.5 Framework, RSAT tools, or other Optional Components into WSUS. Microsoft does not allow you to do this specifically for distributing these components through WSUS. Don't worry, there IS a way to make your life easier - it unfortunately just does not use ... Read More
May 26, 2021Adam J. Marshall
Office Computers may be why your WSUS MMC Console is crashing due to an invalid SYN


Sometimes your computers are to blame for WSUS crashing, more specifically, that extra data that is reported back to WSUS with regards to the hardware details of the computer. In all instances that I've seen of this extra data, the BIOS version data is the culprit for crashing the WSUS ... Read More
April 23, 2021Adam J. Marshall
wuauclt.exe /DetectNow /ReportNow


What is wuauclt.exe? It stands for Windows Update Automatic Update CLienT There are many switches through the years that have been found, and with the help of Strings (Sysinternals), on a current version of Windows 10, you can see that the only ones listed are: /UpdateDeploymentProvider /IdleShutdownNow /ResetEulas /ResetAuthorization /RunHandlerComServer /ReportNow On older systems (Windows 8.1 and earlier, Server ... Read More
October 6, 2020Adam J. Marshall
windows 10 feature upgrade package



Windows 10 Feature Upgrade Package VS Enablement Package

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Blog, Guides, WSUS
Windows 10 Spring and Fall Updates Microsoft has had a track record since 2017 of releasing 2 versions of Windows 10 every year - one in the spring, one in the fall. These have been feature-rich versions that have an 18 month servicing plan for security and functionality updates (30 months ... Read More
June 26, 2020Adam J. Marshall
Remote app & desktop connections



RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides
How Do I Add RemoteApp Connections? Ever get sick of trying to find the right way of mass-adding a RemoteApp connection feed to a large amount of computers? There are a few ways: manually (YUCK!), and automatically using a GPO: User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote ... Read More
May 25, 2020Adam J. Marshall
WSUS Permissions – WsusContent, Registry, and IIS



WSUS Permissions – WsusContent, Registry, and IIS

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
If you Google WSUS Permissions, you may end up getting a boatload of links to support help on TechNet, Spiceworks, ExpertsExchange, Microsoft Docs, or other blogs around the Internet. Most of the links are only for specific parts - maybe the WsusContent folder, maybe something to do with 1 particular ... Read More
January 14, 2020Adam J. Marshall
WSUS BITS Foreground vs. background priority mode



WSUS & BITS – Foreground Priority Mode vs Background Priority Mode

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
The default Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) mode for WSUS is background priority mode. As written on Docs, Unless the job is time critical or the user is actively waiting, you should always use a background priority. However, there are times when you may want to switch from background priority to ... Read More
January 13, 2020Adam J. Marshall
How To Get WSUS Reports Working in Server 2019



How To Get WSUS Reports Working In Server 2019

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
2 Easy Steps: Download and install Microsoft System CLR Types for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=29065) Expand "Install Instructions" below the Download button. Find "Microsoft® System CLR Types for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012" Download and install the x64 package. Download and install Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Runtime (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35747) That's it. Close ... Read More
November 19, 2019Adam J. Marshall