Troubleshooting WSUS

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 2 May 2006 / Last Updated on 2 May 2006]

How to troubleshoot WSUS when clients can't download and install patches.

If you're using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to download, approve, and distribute patches to computers across your network, then occasionally you may find one of your client machines has problems downloading patches from your WSUS server. If this happens, here's how you can troubleshoot: go to the affected machine and open Internet Explorer and manually connect to the Windows Update (or Microsoft Update) website by opening the URL on the machine. When you do this, the Update website should provide you with an error code that helps you diagnose the problem that is occuring on your client machine.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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