Decoding WSUS (Part 2 – Managing updates)

In this portion of the series I will be talking more about how to work with WSUS – how to manage it once it has been installed. This next article will cover how to create and manage update groups So the first thing we need to do is open up the management window. I will add a quick note here: you may not want to add the WSUS to a custom MMC. For some reason not all the changes made get replicated to the MMC (at least in my case – caused me much confusion at first). To open the management window: Start – admin tools (or go to control panel) – WSUS By default the “Updates” and “Computer section have some entries but we will customize them.

Navigate to Update services – “servername” – updates – (right click) new update view.

This is the area will you will define the various groups of updates that will be applied. In my example below I have them grouped in to OS groups. This way when I am looking for a Windows 7 update I know to which group I must apply it.

When you bring up the “add update view” screen you will want to add the first two entries (Classifications and Products) once you add them you will then need to configure them.

To configure classifications just click on the link in step 2 (in the image above). I usually remove the drivers and the tools sections and leave the rest.

To configure classification just click on the link in step 2 (in the image above) again. Here you will see that all items are selected by default. Clear this and select just the OS in question. In this example I am looking for updates to XP. So I removed the checkmark for all applications and scrolled down the list until I found the OS and selected it. The one gotcha I will point out here is to make sure to add any applications. When I build my update group for servers I include exchange and SQL. My clients use Small Business servers so they have only one box – but the same reasoning can apply for the various versions of office: if you have XP boxes with Office 2003 you can add Office 2003 to the XP updates group Next time we will go into creating Computer groups 

Next time we will go into creating Computer groups 🙂

One thought on “Decoding WSUS (Part 2 – Managing updates)

  1. Hello, the whole thing is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing data,
    that’s genuinely fine, keep up writing.

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