SOLVED: How To Clean Up and Repair WSUS Database

If you run a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server, you know that sometimes it can develop problems.  Specifically the WSUS database can need a manual clean up.  There are several scripts around that handle this but I found one HERE that helped me quite a bit. Note that this script does not replace the WSUS SERVER CLEAN UP WIZARD.  If you are having problems with that (like SERVER NODE RESET messages), click HERE for…

SOLVED: How To Force a Clean Up of WSUS Data & Resolve SERVER NODE RESET Using PowerShell

 If you cannot complete a clean up of your WSUS server through the WSUS console because it keeps erroring out with SERVER NODE RESET, you can hopefully complete through the following PowerShell command line: Invoke-WsusServerCleanup -DeclineSupersededUpdates -DeclineExpiredUpdates -CleanupObsoleteComputers -CleanupObsoleteUpdates -CleanupUnneededContentFiles -CompressUpdates Note that if your WSUS database is corrupted or has other issues, you will want to run WSUS Database cleanup as we describe HERE. There are a few notes to this script: You need to run…

SOLVED: Window 10 1607 Not Applying GPO’s For Windows Update

This frustrating problem took me nearly 3 weeks to work out with the good staff at Microsoft Partner Support.  As you can see in the screen shot, Windows 10 1607 (aka Anniversary) does not display SOME SETTINGS ARE MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION on Windows Update or Windows Update > Advanced Settings. Your WSUS server shows that it is talking to the 1607 clients and the 1607 clients’ registry verifies that the GPO pointing to your WSUS server…

SOLVED: How To Determine The Source Of Your Windows Updates on Windows 10

If you have Windows 10 clients on a WSUS server and you want to confirm that they are receiving patches from that WSUS server and not going directly to Microsoft to update, you used to just read the %SystemRoot%\WindowsUpdate.log.  Under Windows 10 however, that log now looks like: Windows Update logs are now generated using ETW (Event Tracing for Windows). Please run the Get-WindowsUpdateLog PowerShell command to convert ETW traces into a readable WindowsUpdate.log. For…

SOLVED: WSUS Server Will Not Launch After August Patch Cycle Including KB3159706

To allow WSUS (and presumably SCCM) to support Windows 10 Anniversary, Microsoft released a patch last month which blew up a number of WSUS servers.  They have now released KB3159706 which is supposed to fix that problem and support Windows 10 Anniversary.  This patch installs on WSUS servers through the normal Windows Update process so even if you are not running Windows 10 or care about Anniversary, you will receive that patch.  The problem is…

SOLVED: What is Windows Update For Business

Windows Update for Business is a new product from Microsoft that will be made available for free to corporate customers using Windows 10.  As of today’s date, the software has not been released and little is known beyond Microsoft’s brief explanations.  The key points are that WUFB will: allow IT professionals to manage which of their client PC’s receive updates depending upon whether the machines are set to the Slow Ring or the Fast Ring…

SOLVED: What is OOBE ZDP in WSUS (Update Services)

If you have looked at your WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server lately should have seen a new product category named OOBE ZDP but you likely have no idea what it is… and neither did I until I asked Partner Support.  After two weeks of research this is what they came up with: OOBE ZDP was designed to allow “must have” updates to be installed during OOBE, before the user reaches the Start Screen. These…

SOLVED: Surface Pro 3 Driver Firmware Packs Do Not Appear in WSUS Update Services

The short answer is, that is correct.  I could not find the driver/feature/firmware packs that Microsoft is releasing for the Surface Pro 3 in my clients Windows Server Update Services WSUS, so I googled it for a while then gave up and asked Microsoft Partner Support and this is what they said:   From your description, I understand that you want to know whether Surface Pro 3 firmware/driver packs can be deployed via WSUS. If I…

SOLVED: How to Distribute Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) Using a WSUS Server

Internet Explorer 11 will eventually appear in WSUS after being released directly to it by Microsoft, but until then you can still deploy IE11 using WSUS: Launch WSUS Click UPDATES (not ALL UPDATES but the root UPDATES) in the top left Click IMPORT in the top RIGHT of the Actions Pane When the MICROSOFT UPDATE CATELOG browser window appears type INTERNET EXPLORER 11 in the search field Note that I always have to close that MICROSOFT…

SOLVED: How to Move Update Services WSUS Content Files

If you need to move your WSUS content files to a new hard drive on the same server do the following: On the new drive create a folder named WSUS and a subfolder named WSUSContent Launch a CMD window as an Administrator CD to C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools\ Type wsusutil.exe movecontent %content path% %logfile% Example: wsusutil.exe movecontent f:\WSUS\WSUSContent f:\WSUS\wsus.log In my case it took about 30 mins to move 60+GB. Note that MOVECONTENT does not move it…

SOLVED: Windows Server Update Services WSUS SYNCRONIZATION DETAILS, RESULT: THE ERROR TYPE IS UNKNOWN

There are several solutions to the error below, but in my case the issue was resolved after a simple WSUS > OPTIONS > SERVER CLEANUP.  This was odd because I run the Server Cleanup Wizard with regularity. SYNCRONIZATION DETAILS > RESULT: THE ERROR TYPE IS UNKNOWN TypeInitializationException: The type initializer for ‘Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSyncWebServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncProxy’ threw an exception. —> System.Net.WebException: Unable to connect to the remote server at Microsoft.UpdateServices.Internal.ClassFactory.CreateInstance(Type type, Object[] args)    at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncLib.GetWebServiceProxyInternal(UpdateServerConfiguration serverConfig, WebServiceCommunicationHelper webServiceHelper, Boolean useCompressionProxy)   …

SOLVED: Updates from the WSUS server Result In Error 800B0001, Since Latest Windows Update Agent Installed

BACKGROUND: Every machine I install the lastest Windows Update Agent on results in a 800B0001 error when getting updates “FROM YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR” but have no problems when getting “UPDATES FROM MICROSOFT UPDATE”. This is the same as: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerwinclient7rc/thread/e64bdfef-f92a-4924-85f1-6b858ec81c59 All of the machines in question are Win 7 64Bit Enterprise and are of varying makes and models (ie. Toshiba R700 laptops, whitebox PC’s…). Machines without the recent Windows Update Agent, work just fine with either…