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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  • Declining multiple types of updates including superseded, beta, preview, expired and Itanium by default.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.

Latest News

Selecting Your Test Systems
Selecting your test systems is a question of what you have in your environment at your disposal. If you have a true test environment, those would be where you’d want to test the updates. If you don’t have a test environment like most small to medium sized … Read More

Now, depending on how you have your network, you may want to apply the other GPOs to OUs or create Security Groups and make computers members of them instead. Either way works, or a combination of both. I will explain a combination of both.
Location GPOs
Link the “WSUS – Location” GPO … Read More

Create a base GPO – “WSUS – Location”
Create a GPO named “WSUS – Location” to JUST point to the FQDN of the WSUS Server on port 8530/8531 (or 80/443 for Server 2008) for all 3 locations (intranet update service, intranet statistics server, and the alternate download server).

Under: Computer Configuration > … Read More

Upgrades from WSUS
If you are going to handle upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 10 latest streams in WSUS (eg, 1511 to 1607 or 1703 or 1709 or 1803) also known as Windows as a Service (WaaS), there are 3 things you need to do on Server 2012 or Server … Read More

Create Computer Groups
Expand Computers and then expand All Computers and you will see “Unassigned Computers” as the only computer container in there. We’re going to create 4 new ones. Right click on All Computers and choose “Add Computer Group…”. Create the 4 below.

Servers
Workstations
Test – Servers
Test – Workstations

Now let’s turn on … Read More

In this 8 part series, we’ll go over a good strategy on setting up Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and managing it through the use of test groups approval processing, and more. Sometimes WSUS may also be referred to as Windows Update Server (WUS) or Software Update Point (SUP) and … Read More

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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

Selecting Your Test Systems
Selecting your test systems is a question of what you have in your environment at your disposal. If you have a true test environment, those would be where you’d want to test the updates. If you don’t have a test environment like most small to medium sized … Read More

Now, depending on how you have your network, you may want to apply the other GPOs to OUs or create Security Groups and make computers members of them instead. Either way works, or a combination of both. I will explain a combination of both.
Location GPOs
Link the “WSUS – Location” GPO … Read More

Create a base GPO – “WSUS – Location”
Create a GPO named “WSUS – Location” to JUST point to the FQDN of the WSUS Server on port 8530/8531 (or 80/443 for Server 2008) for all 3 locations (intranet update service, intranet statistics server, and the alternate download server).

Under: Computer Configuration > … Read More

Upgrades from WSUS
If you are going to handle upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 10 latest streams in WSUS (eg, 1511 to 1607 or 1703 or 1709 or 1803) also known as Windows as a Service (WaaS), there are 3 things you need to do on Server 2012 or Server … Read More

Create Computer Groups
Expand Computers and then expand All Computers and you will see “Unassigned Computers” as the only computer container in there. We’re going to create 4 new ones. Right click on All Computers and choose “Add Computer Group…”. Create the 4 below.

Servers
Workstations
Test – Servers
Test – Workstations

Now let’s turn on … Read More

In this 8 part series, we’ll go over a good strategy on setting up Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and managing it through the use of test groups approval processing, and more. Sometimes WSUS may also be referred to as Windows Update Server (WUS) or Software Update Point (SUP) and … Read More

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