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WSUS Expired Updates Return After Clean Up Wizard on Replica Servers

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Hello,

We are running WSUS 3.0 on a number of Server 2003 machines that replicate with the main office.  We have recently been noticing that some updates from 2009 that have long since expired have been showing up on our downstream WSUS replica servers.  Yesterday I ran the WSUS Cleanup Wizard which removed the unwanted updates from each server, but this morning these updates were back again.  These updates cannot be delclined (the option is greyed out).  The only way I have been able to get rid of them is through the Cleanup Wizard.  I am assuming the updates appeared again this morning when the branch servers replicated with the main office server.  These updates do not show up on the main office WSUS server console.  Any ideas on what to do to make them go away permanently?

Thanks.

Adrian
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by:The_Claw
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Here is a screenshot of what the WSUS console on the branch server is showing
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by:allan_jardine
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I think they will appear because you have 5 computers that require this update (or preferably the one that supersedes it). If you resolve this the update will disappear permenantly
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by:The_Claw
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All computers at that branch have the supersceding update installed.  The WSUS server at the main office reports correctly that there are no machines currently needing updates, but the downstream replica servers still show these updates being needed.  I cannot approve or decline these updates because they are expired and when I run the Cleanup Wizard they go away, but show up again the next day after having replicated with the main office WSUS server.  This is the first time I have seen this kind of behavior with WSUS since we installed it years ago.
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by:Donald Stewart
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by:Donald Stewart
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Have you run the cleanup on the main server as well ?
 
Read Lawrence Garvins comments here
 
http://www.mombu.com/microsoft/software-update-services/t-broken-wsus-replica-after-cleanup-148511-last.html 
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by:The_Claw
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I tried using WSUSutil.exe and it found no unneeded revisions. I ran the reset command and it doesn't appear to have done anything positive or negative.  I had run the Cleanup Wizard on the main server before running the Cleanup Wizard on the branch servers yesterday.

I just deleted the clients at one branch and reran the Cleanup Wizard.  I am waiting to see what happens when they all report back to the server to see if their status changes.  At another branch I just reran the Cleanup Wizard without deleting the clients at that branch.  It should be interesting to see what the resutlts, if any, of each test are.

Thanks for the ideas so far.  I will likely update the thread tomorrow.
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Well, apparently running the Cleanup Wizard on the downstream replica servers a second time was what it took to get that last update cleared out.  All the servers I reran the Cleanup Wizard on yesterday are fine and the ones I didn't rerun the Cleanup Wizard on still have the update.  This is the first time I have had to run the Cleanup Wizard more than once on a server, but it seems to have done the trick.

Thanks to everyone who gave me ideas though!
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