EventID 506 in SBS 2003 Application Log

Posted on 2006-05-27
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
I just installed SBS 2003 with SP1 and I'm trying to go through the event logs to do some cleanup.  I installed WSUS on this machine as well, but when I restart, I get the following entry in my Application log.  I tried giving Everyone and my IUSR account read access to C:\Program Files\Update Services\Selfupdate, but I'm still getting this error.

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Windows Server Update Services
Event Category:      Update Services Service
Event ID:      506
Date:            5/27/2006
Time:            3:39:47 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      THESERVER
The SelfUpdate Tree is not working.  Clients may not be able to update to the latest WUA client software and communicate with the WSUS Server.

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Question by:rtedi222
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    Accepted Solution

    Did you follow the SBS method of installing WSUS?

    If this is the first SBS you've installed, you must realize that because there are various servers running on the same machine there are unique methods for most all administrative tasks.  If you don't you'll end up breaking one thing or another in SBS.

    Please see for an overview of the main gotchas.


    Author Comment

    No, I did not follow that guide the first time.  But once I did a reinstall of the OS and used the guide to install WSUS, everything worked perfectly.

    Thanks Jeff!
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Glad it worked out for you!


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