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WSUS – quick installation guide


WSUS or Windows Server Update Services is patching system for Windows OSes and other Microsoft products.

In Windows 2016 or another version of Windows server it’s quite straight forward to install or config ure WSUS. Make sure the server has enough memory and has sufficient space to download and store updates.

Plan accordingly the computer groups in WSUS, like 1 group for Testing updates and 1 group for production or other methods or strategy that is right for the environment.

Configuring WSUS should be straight forward but in some instances, it may not work right after installing the WSUS server role.

First, install and configure WSUS server role.

Second, configure GPO to point to WSUS server. If the clients will not know where to find or report to a WSUS server then WSUS sever will be empty. WSUS server will not be able to detect client or server devices.

In GPO you need to set the settings of how you are going to carry out the updates, like the time to install the updates, and a notification that a reboot will happen or just simply install and force the updates which is quite brutal but necessary.

In a short overview, there are just two steps but of course a lot of details in every step.

         a.         Install WSUS role (make sure server has enough space)
            Group the computers in WSUS or other options you want
            Determine whether you want to auto approve the updates or manually update
            Check whether you want the WSUS to directly download updates from Microsoft or from  another WSUS server

         b.           Configure GPO on how you want to roll out the updates. Basically, you need to tell the computers the details of where to get the updates.

If there are errors along the way make sure that WSUS folder has the right or correct permissions. System, network or admin permissions to the WSUS and IIS folders.


If WSUS don’t have computers reporting to the server even though it’s properly configured. 
Then most probably the computers don’t know that there is a WSUS on the network, and this is where the GPO settings comes into play.

That’s it, there’s a lot of references on the web on how to install WSUS. This is just a quick overview.


Cheers! Till next time..

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