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  • Declining multiple types of updates including superseded, beta, preview, expired and Itanium by default.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

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

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

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

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

Why should I learn PowerShell?

Microsoft, Linux, Unix, Solaris, Android, iOS – Operating Systems that run our planet.
Computers, Phones, Cameras, MediaPlayers, BlueRay players, Set top boxes, Alarm Systems, IoT – Some of the devices that we have that use these Operating Systems.
Shell, Bash, KornShell, Command Prompt, GUIs, PowerShell … Read More

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

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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.

shadow

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

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

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

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

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

Why should I learn PowerShell?

Microsoft, Linux, Unix, Solaris, Android, iOS – Operating Systems that run our planet.
Computers, Phones, Cameras, MediaPlayers, BlueRay players, Set top boxes, Alarm Systems, IoT – Some of the devices that we have that use these Operating Systems.
Shell, Bash, KornShell, Command Prompt, GUIs, PowerShell … Read More

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

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