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BITS and WSUS 3.1

Posted on 2009-04-15
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Have never been able to get bits to work in background mode with WSUS 3 or 2 for that matter, only when I force it into foreground mode does it start to download. This has never been an issue with most of our servers becuase of adequate bandwidth but I am now trying to set one up with a 512 k internet link and foreground mode just grabs all the available bandwidth

Our usual setup is Server 2003 and in a small site this server will also be running ISA 2004/6
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You may want to check your BITS settings and customize them to fit your environment better.

From your PDC, run: gpedit.msc to open your Group Policy editor

Bits settings can be found under:  Computer Config. > Admin. Templates > Network > Background Intellige...

You can limit the bandwidth during certain times and tell it to use all or another specified amount of bandwidth when no during those times.  You can also adjust the timeout (in days) for transfer jobs to be considered abandoned.
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Thanks Sublifer

I already have the group policy set. The problem is the updates will not start to download until bits is forced into foreground mode. Once in foreground mode the group policy has no effect. It seems the only way round this for me is to build the server on a site with good bandwidth, force bits into foreground mode, dowwnload updates, re site the server and set it to check for updates after 5pm. This should allow adequate time for any new updates to download via the 512k link
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Solved it! well it's working at the moment!!

The server is running ISA server which then forwards requests to a central linux proxy. I turned off the ISA and redirected WSUS straight to the upstream proxy, bits started working in background mode and obeyed the group ploicy settings. Left WSUS using the upstream proxy and turned the ISA services back on and bits continues to work. Would ideally like to get WSUS to use the local ISA but this will do as a workaround for now
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Glad you've gotten it working.  BITS is really a great idea but it would be nicer if they had better management of it.
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I agree, it is difficult to manage
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