Posted on 2006-04-24
Last Modified: 2012-02-17
Can someone point me to tips where the WSUS server is not seeing new computers on the network?
Question by:ikeepon
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    Expert Comment

    The machines on your network need to be pointing to the WSUS server.

    MS Documentation on WSUS can be found here:

    If you have access to GPO, then a GPO would be an easy way to point your machines to the new server:

    If you have any specific questions, please let us know.
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    I  used AD GP to create groups and applied a group policy with the WSUS template to configure the WSUS settings. From there, placed the computers in the group, and then few minutes later they show up in WSUS
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    You may need to either reboot the workstations that don't show up or run "wuauclt /detectnow". Also check the windowsupdate.log file in the WINNT or WINDOWS folder to see if they're attempting to connect to the WSUS server. That may give you more info to work on.

    Author Comment

    I will try all said utilities.  The issue is that the WSUS saw most computers on the network but when a computer was upgraded by switching it out with a newer model WSUS has not seen most (maybe 2%).  The computers are also ghosted so I think that may come into the mix.
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    Did you sysprep (or use a utility to change SIDs) on the ghosted computers?

    Author Comment

    No, that wasn't done and has consequently caused a problem other programs as well.
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    Accepted Solution

    WSUS: Script to delete duplicate SID created by Disk Imaging / Disk Cloning
    WSUS Clients do not report on WSUS Server. This script will delete AccountDomainSid, PingID, SusClientId registry keys if exists. Automatic Updates with WSUS doesn’t work if the workstation is installed via Disk Imaging or Disk Cloning.
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    WSUS: Script to delete duplicate SID created by Disk Imaging / Disk Cloning
    When you ghost an image and when that machine is a WSUS Client, it may not appear in the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) console or sometime, it may not communicate with WSUS Server as it will have the duplicate registry values. More information on

    Automatic Updates with WSUS doesn’t work if workstation is installed via Disk Imaging / Disk Cloning;

    If you have multiple computers with this behavior, then you can add a logon script which can do the task automatically. Note this has to be done only once.
    @echo off
    Echo Save the batch file "AU_Clean_SID.cmd". This batch file will do the following:
    Echo 1. Stop the wuauserv service
    Echo 2. Delete the AccountDomainSid registry key (if it exists)
    Echo 3. Delete the PingID registry key (if it exists)
    Echo 4. Delete the SusClientId registry key (if it exists)
    Echo 5. Restart the wuauserv service
    Echo 6. Resets the Authorization Cookie
    @echo on
    net stop wuauserv
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate" /v AccountDomainSid /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate" /v PingID /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate" /v SusClientId /f
    net start wuauserv
    wuauclt /resetauthorization /detectnow
    These registry entries will be re-created at the next detection cycle.
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    Expert Comment

    ikeepon here is your solution>>  this answer from our own EE snewo was accepted as a solution to this problem.
    Title: WSUS Client Computer not showing up
    How WSUS Works with Microsoft Update

    If you are using WSUS, you configure synchronization options—for example, products, update classifications, and languages—through the WSUS console, and do not go directly to Microsoft Update. WSUS connects directly to Microsoft Update to get both the update metadata and the update files as specified by the content storage options you configure through the WSUS console.

    You manage all synchronized updates on the WSUS console. The Update News section on the Windows Server Update Services pageon TechNet provides links to a list of Windows and non-Windows updates to make it easier for you to see recently published new, revised, or rereleased updates. This can help you determine what updates to include in your WSUS update synchronizations.


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