Windows Update clients normally download updates over an Internet connection, although Microsoft makes provision for installing updates on computers without an Internet connection and a range of alternative methods and programs also exist to install updates. Security updates or critical updates protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits.
Other updates correct errors unrelated to security, or enhance functionality.
Here are the steps I usually follow to get the machines listed in the WSUS management console. Assuming you are deploying your WSUS settings by GPO, make sure the machine in question is actually trying to apply the policy, you can do this by running like so: Or by running gpresult /R from command line Note: If you cannot see Computer Policy / Computer Settings, i.e.
you can only see user settings, then you are probably not running the command window as ‘Administrator’ (Locate In the Search/Run box type Locate the Windows Update service and ensure it is running. Then locate the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and make sure that’s also running. To make sure the client can see the WSUS website, open a browser window, and navigate to make sure you can open/download the file. If all the above is OK, you can try forcing a registration with the following command; 7.
Even if there are no available approved updates on your WSUS server, the local machine should connect to WSUS and report that no update are available.
By default there are two WSUS groups: All Computers and Unassigned Computers.
Windows Update was introduced as an Internet web site with the launch of Windows 95.
A link to Windows Update on the Start Menu gave access to additional downloads for the operating system.
In part one of this series about Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in Windows Server 2012, I described how to install the necessary prerequisite components for WSUS and how to carry out post-installation tasks.
Today in part two, I’ll cover how to configure client computers to use your local WSUS instead of Microsoft Update, and how to configure WSUS to distribute updates to different groups of computers.
If you don’t want to manually approve every update, WSUS allows you to automatically approve updates according to a simple set of rules.
In this example, I’m going to approve all updates for the Testing group.
Microsoft routinely releases security updates on the second Tuesday of each month (Patch Tuesday), but can provide them whenever a new update is urgently required to prevent a newly discovered or prevalent exploit targeting Windows users.