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wsus how to filter updates

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I just installed WSUS role in windows server 2008 R2 and selected to sync updates for windows 7,8, and 8.1

Some questions regarding how to configure WSUS.

1. Is it possible to use WSUS without group policy?
I like to update computer when the computer os is installed manually. I like to force windows update to the computer so that I monitor how updates are downloaded and installed from WSUS server, not waiting for GPO to initiate the job blindly.

for example, I go to wsus website http://localwsusserver.local/update from the newly installed computer, then it downloads/installs update, not using GPO initiated update.

2. When I approve updates, I see all kinds of updates probably updates even before Service Pack 1 of Windows 7. My initial installation media for Windows 7 is already slip streamed with SP1 so I don't like to sync or approve updates before service pack 1 of windows 7. How do I filter the list of 1000 updates so that it shows only updates after service pack 1 of windows 7?

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Hello!
1. Is it possible to use WSUS without group policy?

yes , you can use WSUS without GPO ,by modifying registry settings .

Refer the below link.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708449%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

2. How do I filter the list of 1000 updates so that it shows only updates after service pack 1 of windows 7?

Simple, just use Products and classifications to choose updates for Windows 7 SP1 .Refer the below link

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh328570%28v=ws.10%29
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you could use that link referring to the registry changes - or if you prefer, you can use \windows\system32\gpedit.msc for the local computer policy and go to computer configuration -> administrative templates -> windows components -> windows update and make your adjustments there

as far as filtering goes, there is no windows 7 sp1 in the products list; only windows 7.  SP1 is a service pack for a product, not the product itself

by default, updates won't download until they are approved so if you don't approve, it won't download it.  since SP1 was released march 15, 2011, you could add the 'release date' column in the all updates view and sort by that.  anything with a release date before march 15, 2011 you can decline
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