I inadvertantly deleted the group "update services client computers"

Posted on 2010-01-02
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
In the Windows Update Services application of SBS 2008, I inadvertently deleted the group called "Update Services Client Computers".  

In the tree it appeared as:
Update Services -> Computers -> All Computers -> Update Services Client Computers.

I am a beginner with SBS so I do not understand either the significance of deleting this group or how to properly and fully reconstruct the group (and any underlying things such as policies" which I may have broken.

I do have a daily full backup of the server made with the built-in SBS backup software.

I would appreciate guidance on how to repair my mistake.


Question by:kflorian
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    by:Jason Watkins

    It sounds like you deleted the group policy object "Update Services Client Computers" or the link thereto.  What were you doing when the object was deleted?

    This GPO is for SBS installations that have Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) installed.  Is this the case here?
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    I am running WSUS 3.2.7600.226

    A screenshot of where I was working is attached.

    I _thought_ was deleting a computer from the group but I deleted the group.

    I recreated the group "Update Services Client Computers".

    I then logged a client computer off and on and it reappeared in the  "Update Services Client Computers".

    I do not think I deleted a policy but it seems "unexpected" that simply recreating this group would restore me back to where I was before I deleted the group.

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    by:Jason Watkins
    Recreating a group won't bring you back to where you where. The new group has a different SID from the old group. The only way to truly bring that group back is a restore from backup.
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    Did you go over the links I provided above?

    Accepted Solution

    The Group Policy called "Update Client Computers" exists and had not been deleted.

    I manually recreated the group called "Update Client Computers" in WSUS.  It appears that as each computer logged off/on the domain that it then "reattached" itself to that update group in WSUS.

    So, I _think_ that the problem is solved and manually recreating the group (Not the policy) was sufficient.


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