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We are running windows 2003 server and windows xp on 1000 workstations. We have run into this issue. The SMS server is downloading the updates properly. However the workstations are not properly communicating with the server.

If we run
wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow
and
wuauclt.exe /reportnow

the workstation is discovered and updated but it is not doing it automatically

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Question by:Josef Al-Chacar
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by:JohnThePro
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How often do you lose connections with the workstations? Once a workstation is reauthorized, does it begin to schedule/install updates?
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by:choward16980
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Did you image your machines from one master image?
 
Did you change their SID's if you did?
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by:Donald Stewart
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by:pcchiu
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Did you set the auto update on GOP and tie the workstation to the WSUS?
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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Almost all of them are out of date. Some more than others. They are supposed to check for updates i think every 22 hours but some haven't updated for days and some for weeks.

We use a master image but run sysprep on the machines and change the name, SID...
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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When i run those commands though they report to the server. We are currently downloading the most current updates so they will no fully update.
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by:JohnThePro
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Have you tried using these diagnostic tools? Specifically the Server Diagnostics Tool and Clients Diagnostic Tool?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb466192.aspx

Download them both, and run them on the appropriate environments. See if they can identify anything you can readily fix.

Beyond that, we'll have to dig deeper into your event logs and look around.
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Actually, I wanted to elaborate a little. It seems like you might actually be dealing with a known issue.

This KB article from Microsoft details an issue VERY similar to what you're experiencing. In addition to running the tools I recommended in the previous post, I would recommend reading through this KB article, and perhaps trying the recommended fixes on a handful of machines to see if it resolves the problem for you.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903262 - A Windows 2000-based, Windows Server 2003-based, or Windows XP-based computer that was set up by using a Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP image does not appear in the WSUS console
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by:McKnife
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Why not start with the basics and have a look at the file windowsupdate.log at such a client?

By the way: whenever this discussion comes up (and I have seen dozens), always the sysprep/SID thing is talked over. I wonder why this never happens to us. Whenever we clone a machine, updating keeps working in every respect, server and client wise and reporting works - never we needed a new SID or sysprepping it. I know, even Mark Russinovich of Microsoft has talked about this but it simply does not happen at our network.
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by:Donald Stewart
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@josefah

Does the issue go away if you run the duplicate sid .BAT file on the clients???

There is absolutely no harm in doing so
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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I'm currently looking into all these solutions.
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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We did a reboot on our server and it fixed most of the workstations. then Followed these steps http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903262 given by JohnThePro. However i was talking to another tech and he was saying that this ony causes it to work for about 2-3 weeks and then stop working. Is there a reason for this?
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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Could it be that the sql account keeps locking out?
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by:Donald Stewart
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" then Followed these steps http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903262 given by JohnThePro"

That article goes over the EXACT issue that I brought up earlier in this thread http:#a38776489

"However i was talking to another tech and he was saying that this ony causes it to work for about 2-3 weeks and then stop working. Is there a reason for this? "


This isnt true and most likely involved another issue.

Bookmark the following:

WSUS Troubleshooting Survival Guide
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2491.wsus-troubleshooting-survival-guide.aspx
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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if we are running sysprep on before we make a clone then we shouldn't have the duplicate SID issue right?

Thanks for that script though, It doesn't work that well at first. I think because of the echo off. A little tweaking and testing and it worked great.

I agree i think that the other tech was wrong i dont think that it is going down every two week i think it is going down more than that. The SQL account is locking out A LOT. I think that if we change the password to the SQL account and all corresponding services. It should fix the issue.
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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by:JohnThePro
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Yes, that's the right process for re-configuring your SQL accounts.
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by:modus_operandi
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 250 points for dstewartjr's comment #a38776489
Assisted answer: 250 points for JohnThePro's comment #a38776582

for the following reason:

josefah,<br />&nbsp;<br />I have reopened your question and started the process of closing it with a split amongst two or more Experts, as that outcome seems more equitable than your original disposition.<br />&nbsp;<br />modus_operandi<br />EE Admin
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by:Josef Al-Chacar
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JohnThePro led me to the solution to this question. dstewartjr gave me a good script but i did not end up using it. That is why i picked the answer i did. Please do not re-open my questions unless I ask.

Thanks again JohnThePro for the help. You really helped us out.

-Josefah
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