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Instruct WSUS to skip updates on one laptop

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The office domain is running WSUS on Windows Server 2003 R2.  It has worked just fine until now.  It's trying to push 9 different versions of the "Security Update for the 2007 Microsoft Office System" to a relatively new laptop (Windows 7) that's using an old Office 2003 install.  Presumably "2007 Microsoft Office System" implies Office 2007, and the updates do not apply to this laptop.  I'm trying to tell WSUS, "Skip these installs on this one laptop."  WSUS, however, only gives me the option to remove the update from the laptop's WSUS group and not from the individual laptop.  I don't want to remove the updates from the group, they're applicable to many computers in the group.  What's the best course of action?
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Because you cannot skip the update only for one computer you should create a new group and move that laptop to the new grup where you could skip that update.
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by:Iain MacMillan
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if the 2007 update has been approved for all workstation/laptop users, it will only apply to the systems that have Office 2007 installed.  The laptop with 2003 on it will ignore this patch as it does not have the relevant app installed.  How do you know its pushing '9' different versions.

however i would recommend putting 2007 on the Win 7 laptop, it will run better than 2003, which finished mainstream support 3 years ago.  also makes it easier for managing patches if every system has the same version.
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by:Donald Stewart
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First off WSUS does no "Pushing" of any sort. Clients request *ONLY* updates that they need. Since this laptop is running Office 2003, it will *NOT* request updates for Office 2007.
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Hi.

The laptop might want these updates because it has the Off2007 compatibility pack installed? This comp. pack needs to be updated, too. So, is it installed?
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@jdana

any feedback ???
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by:jdana
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McKnife,

You hit the nail on the head.  It was an incomplete install of the compatibility pack that was causing the issue.

Thanks!

J
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