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In WSUS some machines have updates that show Approval:Detect only and Status: Needed.
the machines are not in the automatic approval group when you select Options.
I would like to know how to fix that and get the needed updates installed.

Any help?

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by:jskfan
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FYI , some of the machines are in the automatic approval group and they show up with status: Needed also.
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by:StuFox100
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Have you assigned at deadline to the patches?
If not they will be installed eventually (if WSUS working correctly) but with a deadline it will speed it up.
Click on the install -> right click on required group -> set deadline
Cheers
Stu
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we have WSUS 2.0 where is the option Click on the install -> right click on required group -> set deadline?
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by:StuFox100
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Sorry that was for WSUS 3.0.

Been a while since I used 2.0 but found the following on the MS Site on how to approve patches with deadlines. Hope it helps.

Cheers
Stu

1. On the WSUS console toolbar, click Updates.
2. In the list of updates, click one or more updates that you want to approve for installation.
3. Under Update Tasks, click Change approval.
4. In the Approve Updates dialog box, verify that Approval is set to Install for the All Computers group.
5. To specify how and when the update will be installed for computers in the computer group, next to Deadline, click None, and then click one of the following options:
  " If you want to enable users to determine when to install the updates, click Use client settings to determine update installation time, and then click OK. If you have configured Automatic Updates, either by domain-based or local Group Policy, to notify the user before installation, these notifications will be offered to any non-administrator who logs onto the computer in the targeted computer group.
  " If you want the update to be installed automatically, click Install the update by the selected date and time, specify the date and time of the deadline, and then click OK. If you want the install to occur immediately (that is, when the client computers next contact the WSUS server), you can specify a past date for the deadline.
6. If you want to set a different default approval setting for one or more groups, under Group approval settings for the selected updates, find the group(s) for which you want to set the special approval setting, and then, in the Approval column, click an approval setting.
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by:jskfan
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<<<<" If you want the update to be installed automatically, click Install the update by the selected date and time, specify the date and time of the deadline, and then click OK. If you want the install to occur immediately (that is, when the client computers next contact the WSUS server), you can specify a past date for the deadline. >>>>

That 's what I did,  I specified a past date, after this done, how long it will take for the updates that showed "Needed" to disappear??
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by:jskfan
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some updates show "Not Approved", how do I know if I need to approve them or not?
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The update will be installed the next time the machine updates - this is set in Group Policy. The updates will install and the status will update.

As for not approved - If you approve an update - WSUS will decide if it needs to be installed or not,

Cheers
Stu
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