Don’t forget to update your WSUS for Windows 8 and Server 2012

If you’re running a WSUS Server you might want to update it to support Windows 8 and Server 2012. There is Windows 8. Windows RT and Server 2012 Additional Reading: An update for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 is available (KB2734608) Additional note on KB 2734608 regarding WSUS, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

ToolTip Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent

If you’re looking for a more advanced version of the WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool then have a look at the Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent provided by Solarwinds. As for most of the Tools I mention on this blog, it’s FREE. Here are the highlights: The Diagnostic Tool runs on x64 and x86 systems Additional validation tests on key configuration options, such as syntax checking on the WSUS URL, and validating the installed version Read More …

Windows 7 Device Installation Without Administrative Rights

This year I have had the opportunity to speak with many customers about Windows 7. One topic that came up in almost every discussion was about how mobile users can install their local devices without having to grant them local administrator rights. With previous versions of Windows (NT 4, Windows 2000 and XP) many companies ended up in granting their mobile users local administrator or power user rights, just because they needed to have the Read More …

ToolTip: WSUS Workgroup ClientSettingManager

I just found another nice FREE Utility that any Systems Engineer should have who deals with WSUS. The Tool allows you to configure a client’s WSUS settings without having to manually apply any registry settings or you can use the Tool for Troubleshooting purposes. If your clients receive WSUS configuration through Group Policy Settings, you can use the tool to see if all settings are applied correctly. The Tool also provides some additional useful functions Read More …

WSUS Client Diagnostic Tool

Having trouble with a client not getting updates from your Windows Update Services Server ? Then have a look at the WSUS Client Diagnostics Tool.  The tool performs various system checks and tests the communication between your client and the WSUS server. The Tool can be downloaded from the Windows Server Update Services Tools and Utilities site at Microsoft TechNet.

Windows Update Explained

Just found a document called Windows Update Explained on the Microsoft Update Team Blog.  The document provides a good insight on how Windows Update works.