troubleshooting Question

WSUS Server not detecting client computers

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This is my first question, so please bear with me as I learn the proper syntax to ask these questions.  I will give as much information as I can, but I'm sure that I will need some coaching to give you what you need to know.

I currently am administering an organization of about 1500 users and have been charged with the task of installing and configuring a WSUS server.  

Our central location:
Win2k3 PDC for the organization, only the other DC report to this DC, no client computers connect directly to it for AD validation.
Win2k3 DC for the location
50 Client Computers (mix of winxp and win2k)

19 Branch locations:
Win2k DC for each location
10 - 30 Client Computers (mix of winxp and win2k)

WSUS Installation:
I installed WSUS on a Win2k3Sp1 machine.  
It is set on port 8530.
I have set the group policy configurations correctly (to my knowledge).
I have client-side targetting set in group policy, as well as 2 group policies that are blanket for the organization, but do not overlap.  All computers in the organization is a member of one of these 3 (one of which is only domain controllers).
I have created these groups in WSUS so that the computers will add themselves to the groups as they retrieve the next computer policy update.

I set the group policy on the local DC for the main location.  Initially it added itself to the "All Computers" group, as I made the GP changes before I created the group for the DCs.  After that, I created the group, and the DC for the central location added itself within 24 hours (I didn't stalk it with the refresh button, so I don't know exactly how long it took).  A couple of days later, I looked and one of the other DCs had added to the list.  I thought, perhaps it is just taking a long time for this group policy to propagate, but I just came back from a long weekend and we still only have the 2 DCs showing up in the WSUS list, and no client computers are showing up at all.

I have gone through every tutorial and walkthrough and question / answer session that I could find online and I don't see anything like this.  So at this point, I am at the mercy of the experts and I sincerely hope that you can help me.

Thanks much.

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