Windows Small Business Server 2008 with mostly Windows 7 workstation environment.
Until about a month ago, I was unaware of “Windows Update software.” It kind of creeps up on you if you trip over it by calling for manual updates. When you’re a server administrator and have your updates generally automatically downloaded and chosen when to install. Thus begins the genesis of this whole chapter of perplexity surrounding this Update Software.
As a WSUS manager for our servers, I habitually check the server for updates manually because I don’t have faith automatic downloading works efficiently nor reliably. Too often, I find the server gathers updates that are not being found in WSUS, which is suppose to deploy updates to workstations and the SBS.
Well, it doesn’t.
This goes for about 25 of our servers. I check for manual updates, and surprisingly, there’s new Windows Update software (7.6) – that is not downloading automatically when it’s configured to do so. Why would I want to chose if there’s security updates that ensue? Furthermore, if I have updates set to download automatically, why isn’t it?
After a brief wait, the screen reloads and there’s anywhere between about 70 to 500MB of updates waiting. Even more baffling, I’m finding after doing this Update software on the server, it’s still not showing up in WSUS to deploy to workstations. As a result, I have to update each workstation because WSUS won’t deploy the software.
I have issues all the live long day with WSUS: it’s an oddity and just can’t trust it to work properly. I see many updates being deployed but now I’m finding without this latest software, critical and important updates are being withheld. This is infuriating – what’s the point of WSUS if I have to visit each machine because it’s not properly sending what I would consider a critical update. May I also note, some of these machines claim Windows Is Up To Date, but when you check, I’ve found updates needed.
I’ve reinstalled and reconfigured settings and still, I’m finding WSUS is not deploying this “Update software” without doing so manually.
Is there some kind of KB Windows Update Software adheres to?
Can anyone provide more information on the Windows Update Software and why it doesn’t just download or at least make itself more aware without pulling teeth on Windows Update “check online for newest software”?
Is this typical and why aren’t these critical updates being deployed?