WSUS environment change - what will happen to existing computer objects?
Posted on 2010-08-16
I will be shortly be making some changes to an existing WSUS environment. Currently we have a single upstream server (obviously) and a number of downstream servers across different sites.
Site A = 1 upstream, 1 replicated downstream
Site B = 2 replicated downstream
Site C = 1 replicated downstream
Site A = 1 replicated downstream (existing upstream to be decommed)
Site B = 1 replicated downstream (other downstream to be decommed)
Site C = 1 upstream (existing downstream to be converted to this upstream)
So end result will be one server in each site. Sites A and B will each be losing an existing server.
Important point to note is that the Site C downstream will be converted into the upstream though the GUI. No databases will be backed up and moved around.
As WSUS does not replicate computer objects between different up and downstreams, I am worried about the existing machines (be they servers or desktops) in Sites A and B as these sites will lose their existing primary WSUS servers. Although they will be replaced with a simpler setup replicated through standard WSUS replication, can anybody tell me if objects local to these servers will automatically pickup with their new local WSUS servers or will I have to force them (hundreds or server objects) in any way?
GP will push computer objects todards "wsus" which will obviously be amended in DNS for the new primary local servers.
Further clarification available if I am not making myself clear.
I suppose another way of putting this would be to say "if I physically relocate a server from one site to another, will it automatically find and communicate with it's new local WSUS server?". That should be a similar situation.