Category: WSUS

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



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

/ / 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

/ / 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
WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2



No More Synchronization For WSUS 3.0 Service Pack 2

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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 since early 2020 when extended ... Read More
June 16, 2021Admin
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
New Version of WAM


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? Feature: Add-Notice - ... Read More
July 29, 2020Admin
windows 10 feature upgrade package



Windows 10 Feature Upgrade Package VS Enablement Package

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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