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Just need to confirm something. Since I made a replica of my downstream server, I've noticed that I cannot move computers on my downstream server WSUS console to the computer groups I had created on the downstream server before making it a replica. Now, when I try to change the computer group of a machine from Unassigned, I get the listing of computer groups from the upstream server only, and none of the downstream computer groups.

This tells me that I should probably be creating ALL my computer groups on the upstream server, and not create any additional computer groups on the downstream server.

Is that correct? Or, is there a way to add machines into computer groups created on the downstream server?
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Hi nurturer69,
1st of all I apologies for my answer to your last question.
The answer is not complete, I have given you half answer, I have setup WSUS at my end that way such that it will not replicate groups and it will just share updates from upstream server to downstream server.

However, There are two ways to link WSUS servers together:
Autonomous mode: An upstream WSUS server shares updates with its downstream server or servers during synchronization, but not update approval status or computer group information. Downstream WSUS servers must be administered separately. Autonomous servers can also synchronize updates for a set of languages that is a subset of the set synchronized by their upstream server.

Replica mode: An upstream WSUS server shares updates, approval status, and computer groups with its downstream server or servers. Downstream replica servers inherit update approvals and cannot be administered apart from their upstream WSUS server.
Downstream WSUS servers receive synchronization settings from the upstream WSUS server. The only settings you can change on the downstream server is the synchronization schedule. You can also start and stop the synchronization process on the downstream server.

Check below articles
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms744629(v=vs.85).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720448(v=ws.10).aspx

Since you have setup WSUS as downstream replica server, the behaviour is expected

Once again I apologies for last question answer

Thanks
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You can only move computers into groups when you are connected to the WSUS server they are reporting into.

Although the upstream server can see the computer objects it cannot change their status.
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Should I create ALL my computer groups on the upstream server, and not create any additional computer groups on the downstream server?
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Yes.

You will need to create all relevant groups on the upstream server. When the downstream servers sync they will pull down the folder structure. You will then need to connect to each downstream server and move the clients into the relevant folder. Next time the servers sync again the moves will be reflected in the upstream sever console.
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So, in my downstream groups GPO, in SPECIFY INTRANET MICROSOFT UPDATE SERVICE LOCATION, I should specify the <Upstream_Servername>:8530, and not the downstream servername? Even though this policy segment is for the downstream group targeting?
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No sorry. The information I gave you was for manually moving the clients. If you are using client-site targeting then the GPO should point to the downstream server.
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The GPO is configured for targeting if we need it later. For now we are indeed manually assigning clients from the Unassigned folder. Some clients we want to update manually.

Anyway, my biggest confusion right now, is when I am on the downstream I want to manually assign clients to their respective groups, but when I right click to change management group, I get only the listing from my Upstream server, as in the attachment.
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Have you resynced after creating the folders on the upstream server? if so then restart the console to the downstream server to reload it.
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The file structures are now Identical on both the Upstream and the Downstream.

I saw in another example, where I can add the downstream server (along with it's directory structure) to my Upstream WSUS console view. In the example I saw, the directory structure was different on that downstream server from the upstream server it was connected to. I am assuming that that particular downstream was in Autonomous mode?

And if I'm using replica mode, which creates identical file structures on each, then there is no practical reason to have both servers in my WSUS console, since both file structures are the same anyway, correct?

Just manage all machine and update assignments from the Upstream?
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You are correct on both points.

1. Yes the example was probably running autonomous mode.
2. You can manage both servers from the same console, whatever is easiest for you.
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