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Remove WSUS from sbs 2008 to use the SBS native update service

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Hi,

I accidentally added WSUS when installing updates on an SBS box.  Now the native SBS update services is not running.  If I simply uninstall WSUS, will SBS revert back to its native service?

Thanks

Matt
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by:JBond2010
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Yes, uninstall WSUS and you will be fine. There is no configuration in WSUS after you install this component. There will be no side affects uninstalling this service.
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by:dacasey
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That is the intended behavior.  After removing WSUS make sure that you don't have WSUS in the GPO this does not happen as part of the uninstall.

You should reboot after the unstall.  Make sure you setup Windows Updates for the desired behavior and test that you can get updates on the server and a client machine (you may need to reboot the client).
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by:JBond2010
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@dacasey he installed the WSUS service but did not configure a GPO. There is no configuration in WSUS as he only installed and did not configure. So, uninstalling will have no side affects.
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by:Glen Knight
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DO NOT UNINSTALL WSUS!!!

This is an integral part of SBS.  All you have done is updated it.

What errors are you seeing?
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by:Glen Knight
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JBond2010 > The Group Policies are configured by default when you install Small Business Server.  So there will be group policies.

However, SBS uses WSUS for it's updates.  As long as this is configured correctly then the SBS Console will reflect update success.

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by:JBond2010
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The GPO is not assigned when you install WSUS. This GPO has to be configured.
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by:mattleedc
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Once WSUS was installed, the console says the status is not available, because updates is now being handles by WSUS and not SBS.  So I just needed to know how to reverse this.
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by:Glen Knight
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JBond2010 > I assure you that in an SBS environment, WSUS is ALREADY configured via Group Policy.
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by:JBond2010
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It's not, and uninstalling is not going to have a diverse a affect. I assure you of this.
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by:Glen Knight
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mattleedc > DO NOT UNINSTALL WSUS!
You can correct the error you are seeing by going to Start > Administrative Tools > Windows Server Update Services.
Once here you need to goto the Options on the tree on the left and select Products and Classifications.  Put a check in All Products.  This will then reflect healthy in the SBS Console.

JBond2010, you are misinformed, check an SBS Server and look for the Update Services Client Computers Policy.  It will be there and already configured.
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by:JBond2010
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I have installed and uninstalled WSUS on many Servers. There have never been any problems. The point I'm trying to make is, he did not configure WSUS, so uninstalling the Service will not have any adverse reaction.
@demazter WSUS is not a Rocket Science.  
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by:mattleedc
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OK, so based on the 1st few comments I had already uninstalled WSUS, and my server has now come back up after a reboot.  The SBS Console is now showing an error on updates.

How do I get out of this pickle.

Can I reinstall the update service somehow?
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Uninstalling WSUS will cause this problem.  SBS installs WSUS and configures it by default.

You will now need to repair the WSUS installation by following the instructions here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd443475(WS.10).aspx
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by:Glen Knight
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JBond2010, did you even read the link you just posted??

It quite clearly says "WARNING: Do Not Do This if you are running WSUS on SBS 2008"

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by:mattleedc
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Thanks Demazter,

I will have to do this tomorrow, I'm on a RDP connection over VPN, so can't insert the disk.

I'll give you an update when I have carried out the steps
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by:Rob Williams
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I was curious about the first comment; "I accidentally added WSUS when installing updates on an SBS box."
WSUS as demazter stated is an integral part of SBS and is installed, configured, and enabled, with the initial configuration. Though it can be re-installed to repair, I too agree it should definitely not be removed from SBS, no problem at all from Server Std. It sounds more like you have just disabled console management and need to use the specific WSUS console. This is normal behavior and happens when you make a manual change to the configuration. demazter outlined how to resolve and restore to normal behavior.

Never uninstall components of SBS. If you really feel you do not want to use a service there are usually was to disable.
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by:Glen Knight
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Thanks Rob :)
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by:mattleedc
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demazter

Your solution link to repair WSUS worked flawlessly.

Many Thanks
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This expert was a great help
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