New WSUS Server with Server 2016 not populating computers

Posted on 2016-10-27
Last Modified: 2016-12-09
So the old WSUS Server went away. I installed a new WSUS on Server 2016 Standard. I did the setup and sync just fine. But there are no computers under "all computers" except for the one which I manually flushed the Windows Update settings on the PC. (see screenshot). What could be causing this? How do I fix this? I think it needs to point to the new WSUS, and all the PCs are pointing to the old WSUS. How do I change this? We have about 40 PCs in our organization.
WSUS Screenshot
Question by:so_cal
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 41863192
Change your group policy that refers to the Windows Update Settings and change the location of the WSUS server

Author Comment

ID: 41863209
Are you referring to the local Group Policy on each individual PC?


Where do I change the location of the WSUS Server?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 41863214
If you are in a workgroup then yes in the local group policy, on a domain in the domain's group policy editor
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Expert Comment

ID: 41863705

You can configure Windows Update Clients by Group Policy (Local for workgroups or Domain for Active Directory environments) or by the Registry.

Please read the following Microsoft guidelines:

Author Comment

ID: 41864312
Ok, so I'm confused. On the Domain Controller - do I go into the Group Policy Management, or the Group Policy Management Editor? Where do I edit the WSUS Server location? i.e. http://wsus2016  ??

I can't seem to update in on this screen:

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Expert Comment

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 41864446
You should be able to edit it there.. are you running as a domain admin?

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Hector2016 earned 150 total points
ID: 41864542
To apply a GPO to computers you have to link it to the Organizational Unit where the computers reside.
Then wait until automatic policy refresh interval or run GpUpdate /force on all computers.

From the image you posted it seems to be OK. Make sure that your URL include the port number (example http://wsus-servername:8530)

Author Comment

ID: 41864612
@David - Yes, I am running as a domain admin, but I can't seem to edit it there.

@Hector - It is pointing to the old WSUS server there with the port number.
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DrDave242 earned 350 total points
ID: 41868600
Ok, so I'm confused. On the Domain Controller - do I go into the Group Policy Management, or the Group Policy Management Editor?

From your screenshot, it looks like you're in the Group Policy Management console, looking at a GPO named WSUS. In that console, right-click the GPO and select Edit. This will bring up the Group Policy Editor. Drill down to the same location shown in your screenshot (Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update). That's where you can change those settings.

Remember that the new settings won't take effect immediately. You'll either need to wait for Group Policy to refresh or run gpupdate /force to manually refresh it on a given client.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 41868987
This is exactly what I was looking for. The computers are now populating. Thank you very much!

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