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  • Blog Post: Updated Knowledge Base articles for 10-19 through 10-25

    We had three updated Knowledge Base articles for the week - one on Microsoft Update and two on WSUS.  Links and titles are below: ======== Microsoft Software Update Services 894199 - Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2008 Published...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Reports are slow or fail with an OutOfMemoryException error

    Do you get the occasional OutOfMemoryException error when running reports in WSUS?  Are you looking to customize the reporting capabilities.  How about improving the overall performance of the reports?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then take a look at these tips from Joe...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting the WSUS synchronization process

    Yesterday I posted some general tips on troubleshooting the WSUS installation process and today we're going to take a quick look at troubleshooting synchronization. When troubleshooting synchronization issues you need to make sure you have the basics covered. This includes: Make sure you can browse to...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Updates page times out while trying to view or approve updates

    Hello, Joe Tindale here from the WSUS team to give you some tips on those timeout errors you may see when trying to view or approve updates. This problem is prevalent on WSUS2 but it can happen on WSUS3 as well. It usually happens when a large number of updates or clients are on the server, client detection...
  • Blog Post: A quick note on the Windows Server Update Services life cycle

    We often get questions about when the support End of Life (EOL) is for a particular piece of software so I thought I’d mention some of the important dates for WSUS in case you were still running any of the older versions. WSUS 2.0 RTM support has already ended. WSUS 2.0 SP1 support ends at the end of...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: How to change the location where WSUS stores updates locally

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the \Content volume on your WSUS server is running out of space but you had no idea how to change where the updates are stored locally?  Or maybe the disk where updates are stored fails and the replacement disk uses a new drive letter?  Either...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: How To Throttle BITS

    There is a small misunderstanding in BITS capabilities. When we say "bandwidth-throttling technology uses only idle bandwidth" and thus "downloads do not interfere with or slow other network activity, such as Internet browsing" the bandwidth we are talking about is the individual...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Cannot open the admin console after upgrading to version 3.x

    Here's a cool tip you might be interested in that was sent to me by Joe Tindale, one of our top Support Escalation Engineers working in WSUS: ================= Issue: After upgrading from Windows Server Update Services 2.x to version 3.x you may find that you can no longer open the admin console for...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Migrating approvals during an update from WSUS 2.0 to WSUS 3.0 SP1

    Well, looks like I'll be first to jump in on our new WSUS Support Team blog with a little tip on how to migrate your existing approvals during an upgrade from WSUS 2.0 to WSUS 3.0 (including WSUS SP1).  I actually got this question the other day and figure that if one person is asking then there...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting WSUS

    If you've been working with WSUS for a while then you're probably already aware of http://www.wsuswiki.com but if not you should stop by and check it out.  One of the cool things about the site is that all information provided on the site is written, validated and edited by users like you. Anyone...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Client machines stop getting updates and return HTTP 404 when attempting to download content

    Here's an interesting issue that Mike Johnson, one of our WSUS Support Escalation Engineers, came across the other day. If you find that your clients are failing to download content files with an EXE extension you might be running into the same issue. ======== Issue: Windows Server Update Services...
  • Blog Post: Want to stay current on all the new KB articles? Here's how

    If you're in charge of administering WSUS then chances are you're pretty concerned with making sure you're aware of any new Knowledge Base articles as quickly as possible.  That's why you subscribe to this blog and others like it. Being aware of this concern, once a week I collect all of the new...
  • Blog Post: MSDN & TechNet get a make over

    This isn't something specific to Windows Server Update Services but it's pretty cool nonetheless. It was a long time coming but both MSDN and TechNet got a much needed make-over last week so if you haven't stopped by lately you'll want to check them out and see what's new. Al Valvano (Group Manager)...
  • Blog Post: New to WSUS? This should help get you started

    After starting this blog I realized that we have quite a few people who are new to WSUS and they all seemed eager for docs and labs and whatnot to help them get started.  In an effort to help in that regard I put together a couple links that should get you well on the way towards becoming a WSUS...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting the WSUS installation process

    We get quite a few questions regarding the installation of Windows Server Update Services so I thought I would post some quick tips of troubleshooting the process for when it runs into problems.  When the WSUS installation fails, it generates four logs: WSUSSetup.log (the summary log) WSUSSetupMsi_...
  • Blog Post: WSUS: Installation fails with "PerfmonLoad routine returned error code" error

    I was going over some of the issues we've been getting in the WSUS support group and came across one that seemed pretty interesting. I didn't see it documented anywhere so I thought I'd write it up here in case any of you happen to run across it. The solution here was discovered by Joao Madureira, a...