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Hi I have a small server running SBS2011 which has disk space issues that have prompted me to disable WSUS.  I disabled WSUS by using the WSUS console.

I note all the client PC's (Win7 and Win8) still have a policy setting that is forcing them to attempt (and fail) to grab Microsoft updates from the SBS2011 server.

How can I change this so they grab updates directly from the Microsoft update site
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Just disable the wsus Group Policy.
Administrative Tools>Group policy>
Disable update services common settings police (and server policy IF wanted)
Hope that helps,
Olaf
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Of course, you could just move the WSUS updates and database to a drive with more space - even a USB drive (though that shouldn't be a long term solution).  Why are you not increasing storage on the server if you're running out of space?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Have a read of my blog article to see what else you can clean up because there is usually a ton of 'crap' lingering on SBS that you don't need:

http://alanhardisty.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/sbs-2008-2011-disk-space-eaten-up-by-sharepoint-sql-log-files-how-to-reduce-the-log-file-size/

Follow all the links in the blog as there are lots of helpful tidying hints.

Alan
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by:benfixit
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ok so in SBS2011 I assume the template is preloaded somewhere.  Does anyone know which Group Policy Object Microsoft has embedded it into?

I note by default is has -
Update Services Client Computers Policy
Update Services Server Computer Policy
Update Services Common Settings Policy
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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See previous post:
Disable update services common settings police (and server policy IF wanted)
Can't you find that?
Olaf
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by:benfixit
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nope cannot find it
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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SBS 2011 Group policy
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like I said I can see that but there is no template loaded for windows updates in there.
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ok so for whatever reason the template had been removed (I assume as a result of disabling in the SBS console)  I had to reload the template, now it's all good.
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was hoping someone would know whether sbs2011 console removes the template or not.  The point of the question was keeping things are clean as possible.
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