Category: WSUS

These posts revolve around Windows Server Update Services (WSUS); its setup, its maintenance, guides, and best practices.

Feature Upgrade Package VS Enablement Package


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
How to Justify a WAM Subscription



How To Justify A WAM Subscription?

/ / Blog, WSUS
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 cost-effective method to ... Read More
April 29, 2020Adam J. Marshall
WSUS Permissions – WsusContent, Registry, and IIS



WSUS Permissions – WsusContent, Registry, and IIS

/ / 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 Priority Mode vs Background Priority Mode

/ / 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


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
Language Packs – Welcome


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


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 (WID)?

/ / 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 (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



RSAT Tools on 1809 And Higher, Other Features On Demand AKA Optional Features

/ / Guides, WSUS
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