System Center Configuration Manager  2012  R2 management portal

Posted on 2014-09-09
Last Modified: 2016-06-14
I had a machine with WSUS already installed and configured. I installed SCCM 2012 R2. I realized afterwards that WSUS should not have been installed or at least not have been configured. Now that this has happened my management portal is showing a critical error (the only service believe it or not). I suspect is has to do with the WSUS and IIS configuration. I removed WSUS from the server but how to I get management portal re-setup or reconfigured. I tried to do a repair of the server but it does not correct the problem.
Question by:jsgrosskopf
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Expert Comment

by:Steve Whitcher
ID: 40312212
WSUS does need to be installed on the Software Update Point, but let configmgr handle the configuration.  

If you have already installed the software update point role, remove it.  Then, re-install WSUS on the server, but do not launch the WSUS console or configure WSUS.  Then, go back into configmgr Administration/Servers and Site System Roles and add the Software Update Point role.  Configmgr should handle the configuration of WSUS when this role is being installed.

Edit: To remove the Software Update point Role, Open the configmgr console and go to the Administration section.  In the nav pane on the left, expand the "Site Configuration" folder, and select "Servers and Site System Roles."  In the top right pane, select the server to modify.  All of the Site System Roles on that server should be listed in the lower right pane.  Select the software update Point role, right click, and choose Remove.

Author Comment

ID: 40312415
Thanks for replying. I followed your instruction and have the software update point installed. However, not both my management point and software update point should a critical error. So I thought I would be smart and removed and reinstalled the management point. Now I have a critical error on software update point and the management point does not even show up on the server status. Hope I didn't make things a lot worse

Assisted Solution

by:Steve Whitcher
Steve Whitcher earned 500 total points
ID: 40312471
Are you looking in System Status/Site Status?  If you haven't already, right click on the items that show an error status, and choose Show Messages, All.  Look for the specific messages that represent the error to find out details of what the problem is.  The Site Status will continue to show an error state even if it was just a temporary issue (while you were re-installing), but you should be able to tell from the messages whether or not the issue has been resolved.  

You can also right click on the affected line in Site Status and choose Reset Count, All.  This will effectively clear the error state after a few minutes, and it will only go back to error state if there continues to be a problem.  

Lastly, no matter what you're doing in config manager (installing the cm servers, managing clients, deploying apps, etc), there's one thing to keep in mind.  "It's a crock-pot, not a microwave."  It takes time to do things, more than you might expect.  If you've made changes and don't see them reflected right away, wait.  Go do something else and check on it in a little bit.
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Author Comment

ID: 40312510
Rebooted and now Management point is green and only software update point critical. I do not see any specific error pointing to software update point. I do see this:

Site System Status Summarizer detected that the storage object "\\NIC-SVR-115.FILAMATIC.COM\C$\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager" on site system "\\" has 0 KB of free storage space, which
is less than or equal to the Critical Free Space Threshold of 5242880 KB.

Also, when I installed WSUS, I select the WID database...could that be causing my error?

I will let it sit for a bit and see if it does correct itself

Author Comment

ID: 40314588
I finally got this all working. Thanks for your help. Turns out I had to do a powershell utility WSUSinstall to complete the installation. The SCCM has an issue. Another question if you do not mind (if you do not wish to answer I'll close this one and open another). I was using WSUS before and that worked fine. The server would download the updates and the clients would get their updates from that server. Now I'm looking on the web and it appears that with SCCM you have to setup all these deployment packages and deploy the updates. Can the clients still download them on their own using group policy or is this deploy by package the only way to get updates now?

Accepted Solution

Steve Whitcher earned 500 total points
ID: 40314660
With standalone WSUS, you typically have to go in and approve updates before they are made available to clients.  Deploying them in SCCM replaces the approval in WSUS.  You'll have a bit more control over things when deploying updates, which may replace some of the GPO's you had previously.  For example, you can schedule a deployment to become available at a certain time, and a deadline by which the update has to be installed.  

The clients will all have an SCCM agent installed, and that agent will handle getting/installing updates from the SCCM server.  There will be a new program called "Software Center" in the start menu under "Microsoft System Center 2012 R2".   Software Center will basically replace the Windows Update control panel, so if you wanted to see what updates were pending for a client or manually trigger those updates outside of your normal maintenance windows, you will use Software Center to do so, not Windows Update.

Author Comment

ID: 40315090
Thanks for all you help on this.

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