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I have a Windows 2008 SBS Premium x64 server. When using the Windows SBS Console to browse to Security > Updates, the screen displays a message" An error occurred while retrieving updates information." This same status message is there for each of the 4 groups listed. Clicking "Change the software update settings" doesn't do anything. I'm unable to get the updates to work. How do I go about repairing this?

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Additionally, the SBS Client Deployment Applications site in IIS7 shows a black square on it which I believe means the site is stopped. I'm sure that is related to not being able to dowload/hand out updates to clients. I'm not sure how to get it started.
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I ran the SBS BPA and it came back with several warnings. The ones that stick out are that many of the Application Pools are running in 32-bit mode (I had to enable 32-bit mode to run Classic ASP applications). Right now, I'm checking to see if I can choose to set some Application Pools to 32-bit, while others are native 64-bit. Anything else I should be looking for?
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Good news. This Repair of the WSUS service appears to have worked, but with some caveats. When rerunning the repair process from the DVD, it rendered my Intranet useless. My intranet uses the Default Website in 32-bit mode. I had to go into the applicationHost.config and comment out some lines (see this link  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Web_Servers/Microsoft_IIS/Q_24010886.html)  to get it to work again. However, the WSUS service appears to be working again. I'm currently synchronizing updates from Microsoft. After that, I will see if I can roll them out to the clients.
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Sounds like progress ; ^ )
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Thanks for your help. The Repair WSUS for W2K8 SBS worked well.
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