WSUS clients not Reporting Status

Posted on 2007-03-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have a Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 with WSUS v1 SP1

I have installed it to manage critical updates security updates service Packs.

when I check if an update is needed in the status section of the Update, All i can see is my servers & PC's listed as Unknown. WSUS does not seem to know if an update is needed for that PC/Server or not.

How can I check if the PC/Servers are reporting back to WSUS on their status?
Question by:Hattons
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 18779175
Check your %systemroot% for WindowsUpdate.log on the clients.  This will contain the necessary information to determine the cause of your problem.  If you've never seen the status of the systems, try doing:

wuauclt /detectnow /resetauthorization from the command line.

I'm guessing you're likely going to see some communication errors in your WindowsUpdate.log.

Were the clients joined to the domain using ConnectComputer?

Author Comment

ID: 18779931
I checked the Windowsupdate.log file and no errors are showing, I checked the log before and after I run the command line.

I wonder if I am getting woked up over nothing here as the log file seems to be saying the right things, the issue for me is that there are a lot of updates in WSUS that are not critical or security based that are shown are required by no machines I have even though the update seems fairly useful.

i.e. Windows server 2003 Service pack 2, even though I have 3 Server 2003 machines when I look at the status line for this update the server 2003 machines machines are listed as "Unknown" for this update.

BTW no I connected the machines to the Domain without the help of ConnectComputer


Author Comment

ID: 18780277
I think I may have sorted this, it seems that I needed to approve the updates for detection 1st before the clients will report back on their individual requirements regarding each individual update.

I need to wait for next client synch to test my theory

I will report back
Free eBook: Backup on AWS

Everything you need to know about backup and disaster recovery with AWS, for FREE!

LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 18780858
If you are using SBS 2003, as opposed to 2003 Server, you NEED to connect your clients to the domain using ConnectComputer.  You will run into more problems like this if you do not.  

That said, you shouldn't need to approve anything to have the client detect whether it needs the update.  The approval process approves it for installation in WSUS, normally.

Author Comment

ID: 18781404
Ok but what about the Servers in the domain
LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 18782270
The servers in the domain should also be joined to the central SBS using the SBS Wizards.  

Check out this for other gotchas and necessary things you should do;

LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Olaf De Ceuster
ID: 18783758

Author Comment

ID: 18814581
Thanks for the responses guys I will check today, unfortunatly I cannot retrospectivly add servers or clients to my SBS network, but I take your point. Thre thing is apart from this everything else is running ok and WSUS does not give any indication that SBS clients & servers must be added through the connection wizards.

I will update you on my progress in the next 24 hours

Again thanks for this help :-)

Author Comment

ID: 18856536
Sorted the problem guys, the servers had not updated the SUS server on their status yet, I have come in this week and everything now seems fine

Accepted Solution

Computer101 earned 0 total points
ID: 19146775
PAQed with points refunded (250)

EE Admin

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

ADCs have gained traction within the last decade, largely due to increased demand for legacy load balancing appliances to handle more advanced application delivery requirements and improve application performance.
This article summaries thoughts and ideas from two years of sustained use. It provides good reasoning to make the jump to Windows 10.
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…

730 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question