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What is WSUS Automated Maintenance?

WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) © is a software solution that takes the maintenance required for WSUS and automates it. It was created by Adam J. Marshall and is licensed on a yearly subscription basis through AJ Tek.

There are a number of different areas that require maintenance for WSUS. Some of them are:

  • Backing up the database.
  • If using the Drivers category, removing the current listed drivers to clean up the bulk of the drivers that are old and not used. New drivers will sync normally.
  • Declining multiple types of updates including superseded, beta, preview, expired and Itanium by default.
  • Compressing update revisions.
  • Cleaning up computer objects.
  • Renaming OS descriptions to make it easier to identify systems.
  • Cleaning up the synchronization logs with Microsoft.
  • Removing declined updates from the database.
  • Running the database maintenance routine.

  • Running the Server Cleanup Wizard (SCW)

WAM allows you to take back control of your WSUS instance (or SUP/DP instances in an SCCM environment) and frees up time for other priorities. If WSUS is not maintained properly, it will become slow, bloated, and cause errors that will take away valuable time from an IT Administrator to troubleshoot and resolve.

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Features

Super Easy Installation

Guided installer for a simple installation experience. It also comes with an unattended installation procedure for easy deployment to multiple systems, or for server core installs.

Support Included

Support is included for active subscriptions on the latest version of the software.

Simple Configuration Experience

The installer handles the configuration experience. You take the standard installation (blue USB), all defaults are selected. You take the advanced configuration (red USB), you stay in WSUS-land and we show you just how far the WSUS hole goes. Remember: all we’re offering are plentiful options.

Indexes the WSUS Database

Add WSUS Index Optimization to the database to increase the speed of many database operations in WSUS by approximately 1000-1500 times faster.

Remove Drivers

Remove all existing drivers from the WSUS Database trimming down the number of updates in the database. If the Drivers classification is checked, new driver updates will sync and will be kept under control (Default; Optional).

Decline Multiple Types of Updates

Shrink your WSUSContent folder’s size by declining multiple types of updates including by default any superseded updates, expired updates, preview updates, Itanium updates, and Beta updates.

Remove Declined Updates

Remove declined updates from the WSUS Database.

Clean Synchronization Logs

Clean out all the synchronization logs that have built up over time (configurable, with the default keeping the last 14 days of logs).

Compress Update Revisions

This stream will use SQL code to execute Microsoft’s stored procedures that will return the update id of each update revision that needs compressing and then compress it.

Remove Obsolete Updates

This stream will use SQL code to execute Microsoft’s stored procedures that will return the update id of each obsolete update in the database and then remove it.

Computer Object Cleanup

Computer Object Cleanup (configurable, with the default of deleting computer objects that have not synced within 30 days).

Rename OS Descriptions

This stream will rename the operating system descriptions of client systems to something that is based on their editions and versions. This will rename Windows 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, and Server 2019.

Database Maintenance

Run the Recommended SQL database Maintenance script on the actual SQL database.

Server Cleanup Wizard

Runs the built-in Server Cleanup Wizard (SCW) to actually carry out the removal of files on the file system.

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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.

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Installing new software can be daunting when you’re not familiar with it, so here’s our step-by-step guide to installing WAM onto your server!

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WSUS Automated Maintenance (WAM) © is a software solution that takes the maintenance required for WSUS and automates it. It was created by Adam J. Marshall and is licensed on a yearly subscription basis through AJ Tek.

There are a number of different areas that require maintenance for WSUS. Some of them are:

  • Backing up the database.
  • If using the Drivers category, removing the current listed drivers to clean up the bulk of the drivers that are old and not used. New drivers will sync normally.
  • Declining multiple types of updates including superseded, beta, preview, expired and Itanium by default.
  • Compressing update revisions.
  • Cleaning up computer objects.
  • Renaming OS descriptions to make it easier to identify systems.
  • Cleaning up the synchronization logs with Microsoft.
  • Removing declined updates from the database.
  • Running the database maintenance routine.

Running the Server Cleanup Wizard (SCW) WAM allows you to take back control of your WSUS instance (or SUP/DP instances in an SCCM environment) and frees up time for other priorities. If WSUS is not maintained properly, it will become slow, bloated, and cause errors that will take away valuable time from an IT Administrator to troubleshoot and resolve.

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Features

Super Easy Installation

Guided installer for a simple installation experience. It also comes with an unattended installation procedure for easy deployment to multiple systems, or for server core installs.

Support Included

Support is included for active subscriptions on the latest version of the software.

Simple Configuration Experience

The installer handles the configuration experience. You take the standard installation (blue USB), all defaults are selected. You take the advanced configuration (red USB), you stay in WSUS-land and we show you just how far the WSUS hole goes. Remember: all we’re offering are plentiful options.

Indexes the WSUS Database

Add WSUS Index Optimization to the database to increase the speed of many database operations in WSUS by approximately 1000-1500 times faster.

Remove Drivers

Remove all existing drivers from the WSUS Database trimming down the number of updates in the database. If the Drivers classification is checked, new driver updates will sync and will be kept under control (Default; Optional).

Decline Multiple Types of Updates

Shrink your WSUSContent folder’s size by declining multiple types of updates including by default any superseded updates, expired updates, preview updates, Itanium updates, and Beta updates.

Remove Declined Updates

Remove declined updates from the WSUS Database.

Clean Synchronization Logs

Clean out all the synchronization logs that have built up over time (configurable, with the default keeping the last 14 days of logs).

Compress Update Revisions

This stream will use SQL code to execute Microsoft’s stored procedures that will return the update id of each update revision that needs compressing and then compress it.

Remove Obsolete Updates

This stream will use SQL code to execute Microsoft’s stored procedures that will return the update id of each obsolete update in the database and then remove it.

Computer Object Cleanup

Computer Object Cleanup (configurable, with the default of deleting computer objects that have not synced within 30 days).

Rename OS Descriptions

This stream will rename the operating system descriptions of client systems to something that is based on their editions and versions. This will rename Windows 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, and Server 2019.

Database Maintenance

Run the Recommended SQL database Maintenance script on the actual SQL database.

Server Cleanup Wizard

Runs the built-in Server Cleanup Wizard (SCW) to actually carry out the removal of files on the file system.

Latest News

Since our initial launch in 2015, AJ Tek has continued to change and evolve as our users and their working relationships with their computers have as well. This past year, as millions of individuals have been operating their workplaces and business from home, computer efficiency and accessibility have never been … Read More

On October 5th, 2021, Microsoft released their newest operating system: Windows 11. While Windows 11 is more aptly considered a reworking of Windows 10, it did come with stricter-than-usual hardware requirements and several changes (most notably a change in aesthetic design). For systems that met the requirements, Windows 11 was … Read More

The main purpose of a WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) administrator is to manage incoming Microsoft updates to then be installed on Windows servers. While WSUS administrators handle the process of managing and organizing new updates, they may not have the constant administrative human power to remove declined, obsolete, and … Read More

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

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) has been a trusted tool relied on by many system administrators to manage Windows updates from 2005 on. Since Microsoft released WSUS to supersede Software Update Services (SUS), it has been helping businesses with their system administrative needs. Since then, WUfB (Windows Update For Business) … Read More

Installing new software can be daunting when you’re not familiar with it, so here’s our step-by-step guide to installing WAM onto your server!

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