WSUS on 2012 R2 how do you undecline an update without approving it

Posted on 2015-02-12
Last Modified: 2016-02-21
I feel like I am missing somethign and this should be very simple but I just cant seem to figure out how. I have several updates that were declined within the WSUS console. If I change the view on the ALL UPDATES section to declined I can see all of my declined updates. I do not see a way to get them out of the declined state without approving them?

I would like to un decline these updates so that my computers will scan for them and display where they are applicable/not applicable.

Hopefully someone can help me with what I assume is something easy that I am missing.
Question by:Joseph Daly
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
ID: 40606734
Right-click on the update(s) and click "Approval." You should have the option to change the status to "Not Approved." IOW, it will show "Not Approved" as the choice, and then you can click OK to change the status so that it shows as "Not Approved" instead of "Declined."
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by:Joseph Daly
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That doesnt look like it works. The update is already set to not approved but yet still declined. I have attached a few screenshots showing the status of the updates. As you can see the update is set to declined but the approvals are set to not approved.
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Did you refresh your screen after you set it back to Not Approved and before you took the first screen shot?
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by:Joseph Daly
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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OK - I know this seems silly, but did you actually select "Not Approved" and click OK? The reason I'm asking these silly questions - again - is that I can't get the result you're describing.  If I decline an update and it shows as "declined," and then I go back and right-click, go to Approval, so it shows "Not Approved," and click OK, the Approval column definitely changes back to "Not Approved."

Another thought - is your WSUS server the only one in your organization, or is it replicating from another server?
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Joseph Daly earned 0 total points
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I test your method of going in and selection not approved however the option was grayed out. I then tried selecting the update and approving it for all computer groups. Then going back in and selection not approved for all computer groups. This finally moved it out of the declined patches list.

For something that sounds so simple this was a real pita. Thanks
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by:Joseph Daly
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I am selecting my own answer because hypercat got me on the right track to resolving the issue but I want the steps I used to actually fix the problem to be one of the answers. Points awarded to hypercat.

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