Clients stop reporting after WSUS 3.0 is upgraded to SP1

Clients stop reporting after WSUS 3.0 is upgraded to SP1

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Here's an interesting problem Mike Johnson, one of our top Support Escalation Engineers in the WSUS group found.  If you upgrade to WSUS 3.0 SP1 and notice a problem with your clients then this may be what you're running into:


Problem: After a WSUS 2.0 SP1 or WSUS 3.0 server is upgraded to WSUS 3.0 SP1, you may notice that clients no longer report into the server.  Additionally, you may notice that new clients show a reporting status of, "The computer has not reported status yet."  Your WSUS 3.0 SP1 Application log may also show the following warning:

Event ID 13042
Self-update is not working.

Cause: After the upgrade to Service Pack 1 the /SelfUpdate virtual directories on
port 80 and/or 8530 may be missing.

Resolution: You can manually re-create these virtual directories to resolve the issue or you can run the script below that will basically rerun the Selfupdate/Clientwebservice install the same way setup does. If you use the script just remember that you'll need to run it with cscript like this:

C:\Program Files\Update Services\setup>cscript rerunSelfupdateSetup.vbs

Here's the example script:


Option Explicit

Dim fileSystemObject, file, text, shell

Set fileSystemObject = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set file = fileSystemObject.OpenTextFile("installselfupdateonport80.vbs")

' Read the script in, this causes the SxS code to run.  This will end up getting run twice, but it is safe
text = file.ReadAll
ExecuteGlobal text

' We need to overwrite this method or it will fail the script.  We set the variables manually so its safe
text = "Sub ParseArguments" & vbCrLf & "WScript.Echo ""Skipping ParseArguments""" & vbCrLf & "End Sub"
ExecuteGlobal text

' Set the variables that ParseArguments would have
gWusWebSiteIndex = GetWUSWebSiteIndex
szTargetDirPath = shell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%programfiles%\Update Services\")

' Debugging, print them out
WScript.Echo "gWusWebSiteIndex: " & gWusWebSiteIndex
WScript.Echo "szTargetDirPath: " & szTargetDirPath

' Run the full SelfUpdate install
WScript.Echo "SetupSelfupdateTree returned: " & SetupSelfupdateTree


Hope this helps,

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer

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  • Hi J.C.  is there any KB article describing this "known issue" with WSUS 3.0 SP1?  

    It would be valuable to have a KB with a better description of the code for the .vbs file, and a better explanation of the manual 'recreate virtual directories' option.  


  • J.C.

    Is this script safe to run against a WSUS build that is using ports 8530/8531 ?

    Currently SCCM 2007 web reporting is using the 80/443 ports.

    Thx !!!!


  • No thoughts on this ?


  • Marcus,

    The script is safe to use when WSUS is configured to use it's custom website (8530/8531).

    The script creates SelfUpdate and ClientWebservices on the default website for legacy clients who only connect on port 80 and on the custom website if you have WSUS configured on port 8530.

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