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



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


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?

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



How to Migrate or Upgrade WSUS

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
There are 3 different types of ways to upgrade WSUS. Install the new Server OS, install the WSUS role synchronizing with Microsoft Update, creating your groups, adjusting your settings, and then changing your GPOs over to the new server. An In-place upgrade of the server OS, where you just upgrade ... Read More
September 23, 2018Adam J. Marshall



What do I do when I run out of space on a WSUS Server?

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
Oops! Doh! Huh? %#@*!!! These are all the words you think of in your head when you're investigating what is happening with your WSUS server and realize that WSUS just ate all of your disk space and there is 0 bytes free. What do you do next? If WSUS was downloading content ... Read More
September 21, 2018Adam J. Marshall



How to Remove WSUS Completely and Reinstall it

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides, WSUS
The steps to remove WSUS and reinstall WSUS are pretty standard but they do have some variances on how WSUS was installed in the first place. To remove WSUS completely, you need to: Remove WSUS Role You can remove the role through the GUI using Server Manager or You can use ... Read More
June 19, 2018Adam J. Marshall



Role Based Access Security

by Adam J. Marshall / / / Guides
"Change how you think; Change your life." If you think you know how to administer a file server, maintain permissions and groups, but want to know a better way; a more efficient way, then you have to change how you think about permissions and security. Watch these videos (2.5 hours) and ... Read More
June 18, 2018Adam J. Marshall