WSUS Update Advice

When you approve an update it asks you what groups you want to deploy it to, workstations/servers etc.
In most cases it's obvious. But what happens if you allocate it to the wrong machine type or don't deploy it.

Do the machines not install anything that is alien and how do I find out if a workstation, say, has missed an update?
And then we get onto the issue of dependencies of installs...

What is the approved advice...
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kiwistagCommented:
If you push a Windows Vista or Office 2010 update to a group of PC's with Windows 7 or Office 2013, they will ignore the update.

Usually dependencies/prerequisites are notified as part of the update package too when you go through the approval process.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
So the system covers itself? Many thanks.
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kiwistagCommented:
Yep - pretty much. The reporting will give you an idea of what is/isn't applied also.
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
First off WSUS does no "Pushing" of any sort!!! WSUS clients query the server for updates that pertain to them and then install only if they are approved.
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kiwistagCommented:
Sorry, probably pool or offer would be better terms. You can force specific updates to clients but the caveats of version, etc still override them being installed or not.
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
" You can force specific updates to clients...."

NO YOU CANT!!!! NO WAY NO HOW. WSUS clients check in(Query) for updates that apply to them. If said client is Windows 8, then it only looks for Windows 8 updates. If Office 2007 is installed, it only looks for Office 2007. Wsus is a database/repository with reporting.
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kiwistagCommented:
It's been 3 years since we dropped WSUS so yes I am probably wrong on how I worded 'forced' updates.
You can publish packages however (some sites refer to 'push' but not in the concept that you anticipate (i.e. http://www.theitcave.com/post/194)).
Publishing and Deploying would be better terms.

To clarify you can approve updates to a client that have already had it deployed/installed. If the update has been removed settings like GPO might affect reinstallation behaviour.
dstewartjr: Am I correct here?
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