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Disable WSUS Small Business Server 2008

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Have a client on SBS 2008 and he wants to disable WSUS.  Apparently it seems someone has already removed the role but the computers all still think they are getting updates from the WSUS server.  I reviewed the SBS group policy and it doesn't show anything configured so I can't figure out what is controlling the setting.  Maybe it is something in the registry but I'm not sure where to look next.
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Have you checked the registry on the local computers?

Have you used gpedit.msc beforehand on these machines?

If you have enabled wsus with gpedit, you have to set the settings to "not defined" (or the equivalent, Switching the settings to "disabled" will override any settings you may make in the registry.
 
2.) Have you checked whether settings have been inserted into the registry? You will find them in hklm/software/policies/microsoft/windows/windows update.
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I'm not the person in charge of their network so I can't really answer the first two questions.  The settings do show as "not defined".  Checking the registry now and then I'll try dealing with the registry on the client computers.
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Yes there are registry entries on the server where you directed me to.  Do I just remove those settings and reboot the server or is there more to be done?
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I know this does not answer your question but why would they do that?
On SBS it really is much better to leave WSUS running. If not for the clients for the server itself.

To answer your question see the screen shot.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Yes I would first backup the registry entries

Then remove and restart.

But As RickEpnet said why would you want to remove WSUS?

I would also say it is better for the clients also.
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I agree it is better to leave the whole thing in place.
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I'm not the one in charge of the decision, the owner wants to remove it and let the workstations do their own updates.  I agree with you - taking anything out of SBS is usually a recipe for disaster even if you aren't using it but since it's not a regular client of mine, I have digressed from trying to talk him into keeping it.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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All the clients will need to have the registry changed so that they can point back to the microsoft update site.

Did you get a change to restart the server after the WSUS role was removed.

The registry enteries should be ok then
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Did you see the screen shot I sent showing where in the GPO you need to make the change?
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@Rick, my GP doesn't appear like the screenshot you sent.  I made the registry changes suggested by @trgrassi and rebooted and that resolved the issue.  Thanks all!
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