Upcoming Update to WSUS (KB 2887535)

We recently announced on the Microsoft Update Product Team Blog a set of changes made to the Windows Update Agent. In an effort to provide additional protection for our WSUS customers, we are releasing an update that enhances the security of Windows Update, the Microsoft Update (WU/MU) Client, and Windows Server Update Services. The update…


Update not available to Clients after approved by WSUS (Update Files failed to download)

Marta Barillas also wrote a significant portion of this blog posting. Some customers have indicated that some update files are not being downloaded by WSUS after approval, which results in those updates being unavailable to clients. For an update to be offered to clients, the following needs to happen: Update must be approved to a target…


Solution to KB2919355 preventing interaction with WSUS 3.2 over SSL

A fix is now available from Microsoft that resolves the issue where some computers that have the KB 2919355 update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 installed stop scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2)-based servers that are configured to use HTTPS and do not have…


Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) prevents interaction with WSUS 3.2 over SSL

Update Monday 4/14/2014 – Please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2959977 for additional information. There is a known issue which causes some PCs updated with the Windows 8.1 Update (KB 2919355) to stop scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2) servers which are configured to use SSL and have not…


WSUS Installation Fails with No Specified Error and ‘Tools’ Folder is Missing after WSUS Installation

Symptoms When installing WSUS through the Add Roles and Features Wizard (ARW), the Post-Installation task fails and the generated log folder (*.tmp) is empty, AND The Tools folder is missing after WSUS was installed. Note: By default, the Tools folder is installed to the following location: %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Update Services\Tools   This behavior has been seen…

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Reduce your WSUS Server Footprint by Selectively Importing Drivers

Some content in this article was written by Marta Barillas, a SDET on the WSUS team. Did you know that 80% of the content in Microsoft Update (MU) is drivers? Drivers represent a huge amount of content, so if your organization has standard devices, or you know what drivers are needed by your users, you…


Considerations for multiple WSUS instances sharing a content database when using System Center Configuration Manager, but without Network Load Balancing (NLB)

When you use System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to manage updates, SCCM causes clients not to use WSUS servers directly for all operations (such as reporting). In this configuration, it is possible for multiple WSUS instances as part of SCCM to share the same database but not be configured as a NLB cluster. Technet states:…


Configuring WSUS 6.x for Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Some content in this section was written by Marta Barillas, a SDET on the WSUS engineering team. This blog post applies to Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. For instructions using WSUS 3.x with NLB, please see this TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dd939896(v=ws.10).aspx NLB is not supported on WSUS 2.x or earlier versions. WSUS 2.x…