Solved

How to handle superceded updates in WSUS?

Posted on 2008-10-30
6
5,912 Views
Last Modified: 2016-09-07
Hi,

I need help in understanding basics principles of wsus:

1. I see lots of updates marked as 'This update is superseded by another update...' What a m I exactly supposed to do? Should I decline the superseded updates and accept the superseding update? Why does WSUS not do this automatically? How do i find the superseding update easily in the huge list?

2. What is the best practice? Do I have to approve updates only when they are detected as needed by computers or should I approve them anyway?

3. I have the default automatic approval rule that approves critical , definition and security updates to all computers. When will it run? It does not seem to be working, how do I verify?
0
Comment
Question by:smtwkla
  • 4
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:Hedley Phillips
Hedley Phillips earned 250 total points
Comment Utility
1) As there are so many of them I always just allow them and know that they will be superceded by a later update.

You can use the Server Cleanup Wizard to clean up superceded updates at a later date:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708578.aspx

2) I approve updates on a weekly basis to a test group containing our secondary server, a laptop and a desktop. If none of these reports a problem in 7 days I then approve those updates for the entire domain. This is on a rolling basis.

3) I don't use any auto approval. We once had a server down for 3 days because of an update so everything is now controlled by us.


0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:smtwkla
Comment Utility
Mr.Madcowz, thanks for the info.

"1) As there are so many of them I always just allow them and know that they will be superceded by a later update."

What will happen if I approve a superceeded update AND the superceeding update? Will both get at the client? Is it possible / required for me to detect it and decline the superceeded update?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:smtwkla
Comment Utility
When viewing superceeded updates, WSUS Warns me "This update is superceeded by another update. ...we recommend that you make sure it is no longed required by computers. To do so, approve the superceeding updates first."

What do they mean? When there is a superceeding update, isn't it enough if the superceeding update is approved? Why bother with the superceeded update?

Again, how do I make out which update superceeds which? By the KB Number?
0
Too many email signature updates to deal with?

Do you feel like you are taking up all of your time constantly visiting users’ desks to make changes to email signatures? Wish you could manage all signatures from one central location, easily design them and deploy them quickly to users? Well, there is an easy way!

 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:Hedley Phillips
Comment Utility
I really don't bother. I just approve them and let WSUS work it out. Seems to go ok.

So if there are 2 updates and another supercedes it I will approve them all and have always assumed that WSUS makes sure that the latest one is the one that gets sent to the clients.

I suppose you could approve just 2 updates (one old, one new) and see which gets sent out to a test dekstop.
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
smtwkla earned 0 total points
Comment Utility
To quote from WSUS 3.0 Operations Guide Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1 Operations Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=86697)::

"In an individual update's detail pane, an informational icon and a message at the top indicates that it either supersedes or is superseded by another update. In addition, you can determine which updates supersede or are superseded by the update by looking at the Updates superseding this update and Updates superseded by this update entries in the Additional Details section of the Properties."
 
"WSUS does not automatically decline superseded updates, and it is recommended that you do not assume that superseded updates should be declined in favor of the new, superseding update. Before declining a superseded update, make sure that it is no longer needed by any of your client computers.

The following are examples of scenarios in which you might need to install a superseded update:

"      If a superseding update supports only newer versions of an operating system, and some of your client computers run earlier versions of the operating system.
"      If a superseding update has more restricted applicability than the update it supersedes, which would make it inappropriate for some client computers.
"      If an update no longer supersedes a previously released update because of new changes. It is possible that through changes at each release, an update no longer supersedes an update it previously superseded in an earlier version. In this scenario, you will still see a message about the superseded update, even though the update that supersedes it has been replaced by an update that does not."

The doc also lists microsoft's recommended update procedure.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:smtwkla
Comment Utility
ok
0

Featured Post

Do email signature updates give you a headache?

Do you feel like all of your time is spent managing email signatures? Too busy to visit every user’s desk to make updates? Want high-quality HTML signatures on all devices, including on mobiles and Macs? Then, let Exclaimer solve all your email signature problems today!

Join & Write a Comment

New Windows 7 Installations take days for Windows-Updates to show up and install. This can easily be fixed. I have finally decided to write an article because this seems to get asked several times a day lately. This Article and the Links apply to…
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…

772 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

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

10 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now