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    Hi guys

    Hope you can help!

    I've set up a WSUS 3.0 server and added a couple of pilot client machines (running XP) via GPO. I've set it to automatically download and authorise all updates for XP, Server 2003 and Office, all classifications except drivers. The machines have never been exposed to the cloud so have never had any updates from vanilla XP (bar SP3 which I installed manually ages ago). WSUS sees them and has installed about 20 updates. So far so good. However, as a control I ran a manual update on another machine (via Automatic Updates going directly to the default XP update site in the cloud) and it pulled down and installed in excess of 70 updates. Do you know what would be the cause of this anomoly please, and what I can do to resolve it?

    Many thanks

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    Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

    Have you approved the updates in WSUS?
    There are two stages -- detection, where clients will be scanned for updates in the categories you select and approval, where you authorise detected updates for installation
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    • #3
      Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

      You also need to wait for updates to be downloaded by WSUS after they've been approved, before they'll be advertised to the clients.
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        Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

        Apologies for the delay in coming back guys - problems with my account meant I couldn't post back!

        Originally posted by Ossian View Post
        Have you approved the updates in WSUS?
        There are two stages -- detection, where clients will be scanned for updates in the categories you select and approval, where you authorise detected updates for installation
        Yes I have. As I said all updates are set to auto approval (apologies I called it "authorise" in the original post but that's what I meant).

        Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
        You also need to wait for updates to be downloaded by WSUS after they've been approved, before they'll be advertised to the clients.
        I know, but this is after a number of days. I kicked this off a couple of weeks ago and since that initial install of 20-odd updates it's just sat there.

        Is there a way of checking (presumably somewhere in the WSUS folder it creates locally on the server? or maybe a log file somewhere? Or a report on the console?) exactly what has been approved/downloaded/advertised/installed? That way I could maybe pinpoint at what point it is failing.

        Thanks again you guys!

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        • #5
          Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

          I suspect the "auto approval" is the setting that applies to client machines -- set via Group Policy.

          This is NOT the same as WSUS approval.

          I suggest you look in your WSUS console (UPDATE -- ALL UPDATES, set filter for Unapproved / Failed or Needed) and check there isnt a big queue there
          Tom Jones
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          • #6
            Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

            Thanks Ossian, you were bang on: there were a bunch of updates (about 50, ties in nicely with the number missing) that hadn't been approved automatically (even though I set it to). I approved them manually and now they're set to install, I'll keep you posted regarding whether they update the clients or not! (I've no reason to think they won't).

            When I approved them it asked me to accept a whole bunch of EULA's. Am I to assume there is no way to automate this process? It's not a problem to go into the WSUS console every however-long (fortnightly say?) and approve any updates that require it but it'd be nice to not have to.

            Cheers all.
            Last edited by Diewrecked; 15th July 2010, 09:58.

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            • #7
              Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

              Unfortunately there does not seem to be a way of auto accepting EULAs -- I suggest you schedule a monthly manual task (probably just after Patch Tuesday) to check your WSUS and accept them.

              Should be no client issues -- you have already accepted on behalf of the clients
              Tom Jones
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              • #8
                Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

                Makes sense. Thanks again for all your help sir!

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                • #9
                  Re: WSUS 3.0 clients only receiving a few updates

                  Absolutely no problem -- glad you got it all sorted!
                  Tom Jones
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