Change group policy on SBS 2003 Premium to allow users to run windows update locally.

Posted on 2011-10-05
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How do I change group policy on SBS 2003 Premium to allow individual users/clients to run Windows Update? Windows Update Server became corrupted during upgrade to version 3.0 and roll back to version 2.0 pretty much requires a full reinstall. Group Policy does not presently allow individual clients to automatically update through Windows Update. I would like to change group policy to direct individual clients to Windows Update online and install updates and restart.
Question by:hswiseman
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Login to your server as Administrator and Lauch GPO Management.

-Expand Advanced Management, Group Policy Management, For­est, Domain, yourdomain.
-Right-click on Small Business Server Client Computer and select Edit.
-Navigate to: Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Win­dows Components and select Windows Update.
- Select Configure Automatic Updates. Check the radio button for "Disabled"
-Select the frequency you would like it to check with your server Select the install time-
When satisfied click next

Click Enabled. Complete the URL for your SUS server in the form of http://Servername.

By completing these steps you should be able to disable WSUS on the server, and again allow users to run their own updates.
Also, on this GP, check a couple more to make sure that it is configured to your like.

Let us know if you have any questions!
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by:Donald Stewart
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"Click Enabled. Complete the URL for your SUS server in the form of http://Servername."


This needs to be NULL(empty) if you want client PC's to retrieve updates from Microsoft.

Either way I advise against relying on users to complete windows updates<<It just wont happen.

You should fix your WSUS so that you have your reporting as well.

There's alot of help here


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Sorry about that, I had copied some from a past post. I meant to take that out.
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Author Comment

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dstewartjr--I agree with you in principle, but reality has been a drag. We are running SBS 2003 Premium SP2. I have already spent lots of time and few bucks trying to get WSUS to run right. When 3.0 wouldn't run I uninstalled and tried going back to 2.0. No luck. Can I run WSUS on another server that is not the DC?
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"Can I run WSUS on another server that is not the DC?

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by:Donald Stewart
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I would remove all the traces of WSUS from your SBS and instead of trying to start with 2.0>>>start with the latest http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5216

you will need 2008 report viewer http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6576

The following should help with removal(you can ignore the warnings)


windows installer cleanup util http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4459

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36921539
Points to dstewartjr--the group policy  change worked and the answer motivated me to try again to get WSUS working. Thanks

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