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WSUS 3 and XPE (Embedded) give status but the machines don't update (no repository on WSUS 3)

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We have WSUS 3 running with XP, 2000 and 2003 machines just great.  Our XPE machines are reporting status, but don't seem to update.

So... the question is, why won't my XPE machines update?  I am getting status for them, but we are setup such that we DO NOT have a repository on our WSUS3 server.  We want them to pull direct from the internet since they are remote offices and they would KILL our VPN/WAN bandwidth.  I'm wondering in XPE if it behaves the same way  XP/2000 and 2003 do, whereby they pull updates from the internet but use WSUS as the "traffic cop" for directing updates, etc.

Ideas?
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Let me take a gander at that.  So far haven't found much on google.
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I appreciate the assistance, but unfortunately, none of the links helped much with my case.

HOWEVER, suddenly today, after two weeks of the xpe machines sitting idle as WSUS members, the updates launched, and what a mess it was!  The dependency tracking for XPE isn't so great (or so it seems).  It appears that all the updates that installed were updates WSUS saw were applicable to XP.  Well, our XPE builds don't have all the dependencies needed to run some of those updates.  Regardless, Wiindows Update let them install anyway.  

We had to manually go through a number of services and disable them that were causing SVCHOST to crash since the dependencies required didn't exist.  

So, in the end, XPE did work with WSUS w/o being a domain member via our reg key.  We just had to use the IP (not FQDN) of our WSUS server and WAIT a while...

Cheers.
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