language packs in wsus



Language Packs in WSUS – Are They Worth It?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
Language Packs (LPs) and Language Interface Packs (LIPs) are different than any other update that comes across WSUS. When you see a bunch of LPs and LIPs, the WSUS views may look overwhelming with the number of updates, especially on a new build of Windows is added (7, 8, 10 ... Read More
June 19, 2019Adam J. Marshall
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Windows 10 Upgrades – Business Editions Vs. Consumer Editions

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
Microsoft is 'trying' to make this easy. Unfortunately they've used the wrong lingo in what understandings people have of said lingo. Business Edition upgrades don't have to do with how you're using Windows 10 - in a business setting, using Pro, Pro for Workstations, Enterprise, or Education versions. Consumer Edition upgrades don't ... Read More
May 22, 2019Adam J. Marshall
How Do I Connect To The Windows Internal Database?



How Do I Connect to the Windows Internal Database (WID)?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
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
March 2, 2019Adam J. Marshall
windows update for business why should i chose it



Windows Update for Business – Why Should I Choose It?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
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
February 25, 2019Adam J. Marshall


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
February 21, 2019Adam J. Marshall
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Dual Scan – Making Sense of Why So Many Admins Have Issues

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
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
January 31, 2019Adam J. Marshall



Domain Controller DNS in an Active Directory Environment

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides
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 ( as it's alternate DNS server. If you have more than 2 ... Read More
January 29, 2019Adam J. Marshall
Client Machines Not Reporting to WSUS Properly?



Client Machines Not Reporting to WSUS Properly?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
Quick Fix - Client-Side Script: Choose Your Method - Command Prompt, or PowerShell Command Prompt Remove the affected devices from the WSUS MMC console and then from an administrative command prompt on each affected system, run: net stop bits net stop wuauserv reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate" /v AccountDomainSid /f reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate" /v PingID /f reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate" ... Read More
January 26, 2019Adam J. Marshall



WSUS System Requirements – What Should I Plan For?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
Microsoft's official system requirements are a good starting point, however, they don't give you the full picture. Let's look at this one by one. Processor: 1.4 gigahertz (GHz) x64 processor (2 Ghz or faster is recommended) So, 1.4-2.0 GHz is already in play by pretty much every single processor out there for ... Read More
November 15, 2018Adam J. Marshall
Externally Facing WSUS Server



Externally Facing WSUS Servers

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
Take the following questions into consideration: How can we solve the problem with controlling updates and reporting both internally and externally using WSUS? How do we make sure that all of our client systems receive updates whether they are inside or outside the office using only WSUS and not SCCM ... Read More
October 22, 2018Adam J. Marshall