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Category: WSUS

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

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Feb2019

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

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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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31

Jan2019

Dual Scan – Making Sense of Why So Many Admins Have Issues

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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

26

Jan2019

Client Machines Not Reporting to WSUS Properly?

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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

15

Nov2018

WSUS System Requirements – What Should I Plan For?

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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

22

Oct2018

Externally Facing WSUS Servers

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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

23

Sep2018

How to Migrate or Upgrade WSUS

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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

21

Sep2018

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

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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

19

Jun2018

How to Remove WSUS Completely and Reinstall it

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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

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Jun2018
WSUS Server Maintenance It should come to you as no surprise that the WSUS server itself requires maintenance. It has a SQL database (by default using the Windows Internal Database - WID), it manages files on the file system for its updates, it has updates that are released and then sometimes ... Read More
June 1, 2018Adam J. Marshall

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Jun2018
I can go on explaining why you should switch over your WSUS Server to SSL so that you can mitigate Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks, but sometimes it's better to show you. The following video is worth the watch as they explain exactly how relatively easy it is to take over a network ... Read More
June 1, 2018Adam J. Marshall