2008 sbs wsus

I have a new client with a 2008 sbs,
The WSUS is broken. The console wont connect to the server.
I have read so many posts with a lot of different approaches to fixing the issue but there does not seem to be a common fix.
They want to replace the server but while we work on that I would like to have the server and workstations revert back to windows updates.


Thanks,

Rob
Dr_RobAsked:
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Remove the  "specify intranet microsoft update service location" group policy


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720539%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
This policy is not active ( undefined) by default.

Also since the WSUS does not work adding the dead WSUS servers name will not help.
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
"This policy is not active ( undefined) by default."

Then the clients will be getting their updates from Microsoft.

From any client, what do you get from a cmd prompt ??

 reg query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /s
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
They are pointing to the WSUS server, which does not work.

The workstations will not run a manual windows update, they throw an error
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
"They are pointing to the WSUS server, which does not work."
 
^^Contradicts your previous comment  "This policy is not active ( undefined) by default."

You should run rsop.msc to find the gpo that is pointing them to WSUS
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
I ran the requested rsop and it does show enabled in there.

Perhaps I am looking in the wrong spot in the GPM. Pleas give me the exact location of the policy or policies I need to turn off or change
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Computer Configuration>> Administrative Templates>>Windows Components,>> Windows Update>> Specify Intranet Microsoft update service location
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
Please provide the FULL path, what policy am I starting with to edit
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
When you ran rsop.msc, you should then follow "Computer Configuration>> Administrative Templates>>Windows Components,>> Windows Update>>"

You may need to scroll over to the right, but you will then see the "GPO Name" that you want to edit
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
wsus
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
In my rsop screen. I showed the three policies separate for Windows update. I was able to rt click on these polices and select disable.
After which I ran a gpupdate /force.

By disabling all three I am able to get the server and workstations to update on there own.

Do you know where the original policies are in the GP management without using the RSOP?
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
What does your rsop say under "GPO NAME" ???

That will be the name of the GPO that these policies are defined under
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
It should be one of the following


    Update Services Client Computers Policy
    Update Services Common Settings Policy
    Update Services Server Computers Policy
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
Now that I have disabled these policies they no longer show up under rsop.

As I have repeatedly asked and not received an answer too.


"Do you know EXACTLY where the original policies are in the GP management without using the RSOP?"

If you don't know the answer please just say so.
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Sorry, but the reason I told you to use RSOP....is because each administrator names their policies differently. So NO, there was no way for me to tell you where the original policies are.  SBS does have default policies http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/09/03/how-to-manually-create-the-sbs-2008-and-wsus-group-policies-objects.aspx
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Dr_RobAuthor Commented:
It would be helpful in the future to fully read the questions that are asked and answer them.

If you don't know the answer, please say so or if you need more clarification just ask
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Your question was " I would like to have the server and workstations revert back to windows updates."

My answer was  "Remove the  "specify intranet microsoft update service location" group policy"

Using RSOP.msc tells you exactly which GPO is providing that setting
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