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WSUS Documentation

Hello to All Experts,
I am attempting to use one of my 3 old servers as a WSUS server. I have 2 additional 2012 R2 Licenses so that does not become an issue. The server it self is not a great machine but I am thinking from all the documentation I have read that this server should be more than adequate to install IIS and WSUS on this server to handle about 50 Clients on this one subnet. If all goes well I have a 4 year old Exchange server that has been De-commisioned and I plan on using it as a WSUS and IIS server at my 2nd location. The server I am currently going to use has the following specs.
Intel Xeon Processor E5606 running at 2.13 GHZ with 2 146 GB Hard Drives with 4 GB of Ram.
So what I am hoping from all of you is where can I obtain all the documentation for installing IIS and WSUS on Server 2012 R2. I have looked at more websites, searched everywhere I can think of and for the most part I find pieces to the puzzle, for instance One website may show WSUS installation instructions. and another will show IIS installation installation instructions, and another that will show GPO instructions. The IIS installation instructions and configurations are shown all over the place and some have different instructions than than others. I have attempted to use the documentation that I have found but I have not has a lot of luck.
So can someone tell me where is the best place or places I can find the correct instructions, as well as one final question. I think the SSL portion of WSUS and IIS installation is what is screwing me up to begin with. Am I actually required to use SSL on port 8531? If I am only updating clients on the local subnet from a WSUS server that is on the same subnet why is it necessary to install SSL to access WSUS. Any assistance would be most appreciated. Oh and to make sure that nobody asks this server is not a domain controller it is only a member server.
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With Server 2012 R2 you just open Server Manager, click on Manage, click on Add Roles & Features, click on the Windows Server Update Services option and that will automatically add all the IIS and .NET components that are necessary to complete the install.

SSL is not a requirement, although it is a recommendation.



Well it appears that Clients are checking in with the server. I have installed WSUS exactly like you stated. I may need to give this a few days to see if the updates are actually installing on the clients. Thank you for the information. I installed the server role and have not played with any other settings so I guess I will keep my fingers crossed. Thanks again, I will repost when I have final answers.


Well it appers that all of my clients have checked in and are now obtaining their updates from my WSUS server. One of the thing though that I do not understand is that the 32 bit WSUS Client diagnostic tool from Microsoft, or the 64 bit version from Solarwinds both fail on the client side. Makes things tough to trouble shoot.