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I tried to install WSUS 3.0 SP1 onto my SBS 2003 R2 server and it's not working.  I have no Update area on the Server Management page, WSUS cannot see any computers, etc.  Does WSUS 2.0 need to be installed first?

I've seen the Installing Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 on Windows Small Business Server 2003 document from Microsoft, but it doesn't work.

I've uninstalled it again and rebooted the server.  I await instruction to make this work.



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man, what a pain!  I have to uninstall R2??  then install WSUS 2.0 then upgrade from there?  what a waste of time.

have you performed this by chance?
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No, but have pointed people to this solution many times. The WSUS uninstall/reinstalls dont take long. It's just that SBS has a methodology.
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I don't see an R2 entry in the Add/Remove Programs list.  I see Windows Small Business Server but no R2 update or anything like it.  suggestions?
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Could it be that it wasnt installed?
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No, it was installed, but wasn't showing.  I re-installed R2, then upgraded from WSUS 2.0 to 3.0 SP1 and it appears to have installed properly...

I have changed the settings for WSUS to not "automatically approve" any updates by selecting "None" on both the Server Updates tab and the Client Updates tab.  I have scheduled the updates and reboots to occur on Monday mornings. and the Included Computers tab shows all the correct info with the Servers and Workstations in their respective groups.

However, I have a green check mark saying all computers are up-to-date, which I know is not true.  The initial syncronization has completed (between the WSUS and Windows Update Servers), so why then is it not showing any updates for any computers for me to approve?
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i've done another reboot and it shows something now.  we'll see if it updates.  stay tuned.
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uninstalled WSUS 3.0, reinstalled R2 Technologies (including WSUS 2.0), then upgraded to WSUS 3.0 SP1.  however, do NOT use the wizard when upgrading to 3.0.  once it comes up, close it.  then look at the Server Management console and there will be an Update Services area there now, where you will accept/decline updates, and set general settings.  In my case, it required a reboot of the server to function properly.
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