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Windows 7 clients (on 2008 SBS domain) cannot manage windows updates.

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I have applied the SUR tool on Windows 7 clients, which are members of a 2008 SBS domain. I have also gone into the GPO on the server and configured "Configure Automatic Updates" to "5 - Allow local admin to choose setting". I have forced the GPO to update from the server.

Need help bad!!!

Thanks.
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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I guess you are referencing WSUS on SBS 2008?  It should have been installed on the first setup of the SBS so I am confused when you say you installed SUR(?) on the clients?

if the clients were joined to the domain with the IE "connect computer" wizard they should be in the correct OU, if not they might not be.

so what exactly is happening?  Can the clients select to update from WU or MU, or are the options greyed out and "controlled by the system admin" or some such?

How did you force the GPO to update "from the server".  It will auto update after "about" 30 minutes, or when the stations restart.  If they are not in the My Business - SBS OU, one for Computers and one for Users, that may be the root cause.
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by:t0mmyb0y
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The SUR tool stands for system readiness tool. It is what TechNet says to run before all else. It doesn't tell you anything after it runs. So I simply reboot the client and see if I can run updates. The error on the client is "Windows could not search for updates....". The error code is 800b0001. On the server side, I have made a change since posting his question. I changed  things to push the management of updates to the client. Woo hoo. But it is still not working after a re-installing of the SUR tool and rebooting the client. I also did a GPO forced update on the client.
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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WSUS is really a simple beast.  We set the WSUS management (in SBS use the console) to require that the domain admin approve all updates, nothing is automatic, and on the server the admin must manually install but the clients install automatically at 3 AM after approval.  The only thing we do not allow to be fed through WSUS is drivers.

We also run the server clean up wizard weekly, using a script from Codeplex.

http://wsus.codeplex.com/releases/view/17612
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Sorry for the long-delayed response to all of this. I ended up calling Microsoft on this. Their WSUS technicians to almost 10 hours to resolve the issue. And not even THEY know what was really wrong nor what they did to fix it.
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by:t0mmyb0y
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I know it's lame to have waited so long to close this question out. But there is NO real answer. As mentioned above, not even the Microsoft technicians know what they did to resolve it....after 10+ hours.
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