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How to make workstations use server for updates? (WSUS)

Mizugori44 asked
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Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I have set up WSUS on the server, synchronized and approved the updates I want all workstations to have, now how do I make the workstations get them? I know I need to set it up in group policy but the microsoft documentation assumes you have a working knowledge of group policy already. Can someone explain, in easy steps, how to do it? Thanks!
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do you have basic knowledge of Group policy structure? Also what server 2003? 2008?  sp?
Hi there

To start, it is probably best to read this...

Take a good 20 minutes to read it all thoroughly and then attempt the policy updates.

Open up the Group Policy Manager.
Create a new policy and name it as you see fit.
Then continue with the list on the link.
This will involve grabbing the wuau.adm template and loading it into your GP editor.
This will give you more configurable options which you can then input your server name and other details to point your clients to the WSUS server.

It's always a good time to start reading :)


its windows server 2003 and no i don't have much experience with group policy. im looking for a step by step explanation not a link to a microsoft guide. i thought i made that much clear.
Log into a domain controller.

Go to start > control panel > administrative tools > active directory users and computers

right click on your domain and go to properties

go to group policy tab and edit the domain policy

expand computer configuration > administrative templates > windows components > windows update

edit the fourth option down "specify intranet Microsoft update service location"

set the policy to enabled and in both fields put "http://servername"

Notice that there are many more group policies in that area affecting how the updates are downloaded, installed, and handle rebooting the workstations.

the hierarchial structure of gpolicy is a study not really something you can put down in a couple of lines....
I see.
Attitude like that will not get you anywhere...

To do it properly, the Microsoft guide IS step by step on how to do it, from start to end.
This kind of update can really annoy your users too, especially if you are rebooting PCs automatically during times they are working on documents.
The guide explains everything that you need to be aware of to deploy this policy.
This question has been fully answered and I object to it being deleted. The answer has been provided with documentation on how to do this in a step-by-step manor (read the MS hyperlink). This answer will also be helpful to others searching for the correct way to do this.
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Here's a good step by step article with pictures on how get wsus applied to your clients

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