Using WSUS

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
1 - In WSUS page I see unassigned computers and unManaged servers group. I would like to know if these groups are created by WSUS or someone else created them manually. If WSUS that created those groups, can you tell me why they were created?

2- Can someone tell me why some updates show as Needed, what should I do to get them installed?

Question by:jskfan
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    Unassigned Computers is a default group in WSUS.

    You can assign computers to a group in GPOs under Active Directory Users and Computers on a Domain Controller.

    Mine for instance is a simple setup... Under my Default Domain Group Policy I navigate to
    Computer Configuration
    Administrative Templates
    Windows Components
    Windows Update

    Under Enable Client Side Targeting I specify a Group name for all my computers. I could also do this at the OU level and have several groups based on department if I wanted.

    I also have Specify Intranet Microsoft update service location enabled and pointing to my WSUS server

    For your second question the answer varies. Could be that installs are failing for various reasons, could be as simple as the client PC just needs to be rebooted from an update that required a reboot before other updates can install. If you are using WSUS 3.0 you can double click the client that needs updates and a report window will come up... Usually the 2nd page will tell you which updates the client needs and more information on why it still has not applied the updates.

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    what about unManaged servers group
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    I'm not sure about unmanaged servers... I have not seen that before... maybe unmanaged workstations?
    Do you have your Update source from MS or from another WSUS server?


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    my update source is from WSUS
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    If you are only using 1 WSUS server then you should set the update source through the WSUS console to update from Microsoft.

    Sounds like having it set to update from another WSUS source is where you are getting the unmanaged servers group from.

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