How to Manually Create the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and WSUS Group Policies Objects

How to Manually Create the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and WSUS Group Policies Objects

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[This post comes to us courtesy of Charanjeet Singh and Rituraj Choudhary from Microsoft Commercial Technical Support]   

Certain Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are created and configured by default during the installation of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard. This blog post will cover how to create these GPOs manually in the event that they are missing or have been accidentally deleted without a backup.

Note: If one or more of these GPOs are missing as the result of a failed install, you should not follow this procedure. We recommend that you call Microsoft Product Support as other components are likely to be broken.

The steps have been broken down into two types of Group Policies.

Update Services Policies:

  • Update Services Client Computers Policy
  • Update Services Common Settings Policy
  • Update Services Server Computers Policy

Windows SBS Policies:

  • Windows SBS Client – Windows 7 and Windows Vista Policy
  • Windows SBS Client - Windows 8 Policy
  • Windows SBS Client – Windows XP Policy
  • Windows SBS Client Policy
  • Windows SBS CSE Policy
  • Windows SBS Users Policy
  • Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy (Optional)
  • SharePoint Psconfig Notification Policy

We do not cover the steps to create the Default Domain Controllers Policy or the Default Domain Policy in this post. Either restore these policies from backup or contact Microsoft Product Support Services for assistance.

Create the three Update Services Policies

  1. Open Start > Run and enter gpmc.msc to open the Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Expand Forest: <SBS Forest>\Domains\<SBS Domain>\Group Policy Objects.  
        
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  3. Right-click the Group Policy Objects key and choose New.
  4. Enter Update Services Client Computers Policy as the name.
  5. Select OK.    

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    *** The name must be entered exactly as shown, DOUBLE CHECK the spelling before selecting OK.
  6. Create the two remaining WSUS policies in the same way.
    • Update Services Common Settings Policy
    • Update Services Server Computers Policy

 

Configure the Update Services Client Computers Policy

  1. Right-click Update Services Client Computers Policy and choose Edit. On the Group Policy Management Editor, open Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

  2. Configure the settings as shown in the report below

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Configure the Update Services Common Settings Policy

  1. Right-click Update Services Common Settings Policy and choose Edit. On the Group Policy Management Editor, open Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

  2. Configure the settings as shown in the report below

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Important: The Set the intranet update service for detecting updates and Set the intranet statistics server policies are specific to your server and must be configured with http://<YourServerName>:8530

Note: The above report for this GPO shows the “enabled” and “disabled” policy settings only. Any policy that does not appear in the above report should be set to “Not configured” on your server.

Configure the Update Services Server Computers Policy

  1. Right-click Update Services Server Computers Policy and choose Edit. On the Group Policy Management Editor, open Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

  2. Configure the settings as shown in the report below

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Configure the scope of the new Update Services Policies

Update Services Client Computers Policy

  • Leave “Links” empty
  • Remove any object under “Security Filtering”
  • Set “WMI Filtering” to <none>

Update Services Server Computers Policy

  • Leave “Links” empty
  • Remove any object under “Security Filtering”
  • Set “WMI Filtering” to <none>

Update Services Common Settings Policy

  • Leave “Links” empty
  • “Authenticated Users” must be listed under “Security Filtering”
  • Set “WMI Filtering” to <none>

 

Link the new Update Services Policies

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console, right-click on your SBS domain and select Link an Existing GPO

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  2. Select the following 3 policies
  3. Click OK

Once the WSUS policies have been updated and applied, Security Filtering on the Client Computers and Server Computers GPOs will begin populating with the machine accounts of your domain joined clients and servers. This is done automatically by SBS every 5 minutes.

Create the Windows SBS Policies

Create the Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy (Optional):

This is an optional GPO. Follow these steps only if you wish to use folder redirection.

  1. On the SBS 2011 Console, select the Shared Folders and Web Sites tab
  2. On the Right hand side, under “Tasks” select Redirect folders for user accounts to the server
  3. Complete the wizard

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Create the remaining SBS GPOs

These steps will create the following GPOs:

  • Windows SBS Client – Windows 7 and Windows Vista Policy
  • Windows SBS Client – Windows XP Policy
  • Windows SBS Client – Windows 8 Policy
  • Windows SBS Client Policy
  • Windows SBS CSE Policy
  • Windows SBS Users Policy

 

  1. Copy the file GPOFix11.txt from the following link and save it to an easily accessible path, such as c:\windows\temp, on the SBS 2011 server:

    http://cid-d5fe25afb6c3615f.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/GPOFix11.txt

  2. Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

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  3. Run the following command from the Administrator Command prompt, substitute the path to the gpofix.txt file as needed (We recommend that you DO NOT copy & paste the command directly from the blog post):

    “C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\GPOTask.exe” /config:c:\windows\temp\gpofix11.txt

  4. The task will take a few moments to complete, after which it will return to the command prompt.

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  5. Verify that the GPOs have been created in the Group Policy Management Console.
  6. Run and complete the Internet Address Management Wizard from the SBS 2011 Console to complete the configuration.
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  • Would love to see a post how to and best practices for setting up WSUS on Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

  • The SBS 2011 WSUS GPO's rely on Security Filtering ...specifically there is some automatic mechanism for adding computer accounts and server accounts specifically to the correlating WSUS policies.  I've gone into a business that mistakenly and unnecessarily moved WSUS onto a member server by breaking all the SBS WSUS integration including the GPO's.  When I've tried to reenable SBS integrated WSUS, I can repair/create the GPO's but I don't want to manually add back in every computer & server account.  Also I want newly added computers to be added automatically to the security filtering as intended by SBS's design.  Why is that broke and what magic is workign that automatically adds these computer and server accounts to the appropriate security filtering under these related GPO's?