Tag Archive: WSUS

Mar 11 2020

Migrating the WSUS database from WID to SQL Server

Running WSUS with the Windows Internal Database (WID) has been working great for us, for years, but if we want to have the database on a separate volume, if we want better performance, better management tools and especially being able to back it up using our internal or cloud backup tool, then we need to …

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Apr 29 2015

Installing updates on Windows Server 2008/2012/R2 Core

You like server core, I know, I like it to sometimes, especially when there is a domain environment present and you can centralize everything. In a domain environment you can build up a WSUS server in a couple of minutes then use Group Policy to configure the clients to get all the patches from the …

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Apr 23 2015

Migrating WSUS from one Server to another

WSUS is running in your infrastructure for many years, and is doing a pretty good job at patching your clients and your servers, but now has come to a point where you need to migrate it to a new box. This usually happens when the OS is at the end of life support (EOL) or …

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Jun 08 2013

Configuring and managing WSUS Downstream Replica Servers

Everything is great in your environment except the bandwidth between branch offices and the main office. After investigation you noticed that during client updates the bandwidth is full, so you decided to take action. Since you have a WSUS server in the main office you started deploying one in every company’s branch office. From now …

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May 30 2013

Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating in Server 2012

This is a cool feature in Windows server 2012 and I’ve been dying to write about it. OK, let me tell you what actually happens. Until now, when you wanted to update your cluster nodes, first you needed to migrate cluster roles from the active node to a passive one. Then download the updates, install …

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Jan 19 2013

Installing WSUS in Windows Server 2012

Installing WSUS in Windows Server 2012 can be possible only trough Server Manager or PowerShell. You can’t download WSUS from Microsoft and¬†double click the installer like you did in Windows Server 2008 R2, because is just not going to work; not for now anyway. Who knows, maybe in a future release of WSUS.

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Apr 28 2012

Migrating WSUS 3.0 from SQL Express to a remote SQL Server

When you installed WSUS in your environment you selected the option to use the internal database. Time passed, your database has grown and now you want to put that WSUS database on a dedicated SQL server instance, but unfortunately there is no wizard to perform that migration. That’s why I created this post, to show …

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Feb 05 2012

WSUS in a workgroup environment

There are situations when client computers are not part of a Windows domain, but you still have to patch those systems using WSUS. Now I bet you ask yourself how those clients get configured if no Active Directory environment is present. I will answer your question in this guide.

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Dec 26 2011

Configure WSUS to deploy updates using Group Policy

I created this step-by-step guide for those people that don’t understand or want to know how to configure WSUS to deploy updates using Group Policy. The process is very simple, but very efficient for a large and even a small network. To understand what I’m talking about, think of a network of 300 PCs, maybe …

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Dec 22 2011

Install WSUS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2

I’ll start with a little introduction about what WSUS is and what you can you do with it, even if some of you know and heard about WSUS. For those of you that are unclear, WSUS or Windows Server Update Services is an on-site patching mechanism for Windows systems. This means that all clients and …

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