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WSUS question

I administer 2 SBS 2008 networks for 2 different companies. These servers were installed about 2 years ago and are running ok. I noticed on one server that the c:\wsus folder has got about 45gigs of files in it and started looking into why this would be.

it's my inexperience, but I had never heard of WSUS and I have never been in there to configure anything. So now In the WSUS console I can see there are 1000's of updates that apparently need approving. I am confused by this because my client pcs are all installing updates and they are all listed in WSUS.

So I need to know if I need to do anything here? Do I need to approve these updates (many of which are listed as being superceeded). And if wsus doesn't deploy updates until they are approved, how come my clients install updates?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
unless you do not approve hotfix they will not get installed on the client machine.

if wsus folder size is reach mode than 30gb then you will face problem for cleaning up.
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
if clients are getting updated without wsus that means they are downloading patches themself.. you need to verify if your clients are really pointing wsus server.. or they are really getting updated ?

check following registry key in client it will show wsus server name

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Windows\WindowsUpdate\WUServer and HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Windows\WindowsUpdate\WUStatusServer
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TownTalkAuthor Commented:
I checked 4 pc's and they all have http://SERVERNAME:8530 in those keys and the users all concur that they see updates being installed sometimes when they shut down. I have never approved an update. So what is happening here? and what do I do now? Do i need to approve all these updates?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
if they are pointing correct server then verify group policy for auto update..

what setting you have kept  for auto update?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720539%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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TownTalkAuthor Commented:
Again, this is something I have never touched.....

In group policy the setting to "Specify intranet microsoft update service location" is not configured. and "Enabled client side targetting" is not configured. In fact the only option which is configured is to  configure automatic updates.

So I assume now that the client machines are ignoring those registry keys you initially mentioned, and are downloading updates for themselves. Actually I prefer it this way. I would rather not use WSUS. So what next?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
if you do not want to use WSUS then just remove that from network
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TownTalkAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks for your help. I will get it sorted now.
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