Installing WSUS 3.0 SP2 on Windows Server

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Installing WSUS 3.0 SP2 on Windows Server In this post we will see the Installation of WSUS 3.0 SP2 on server 2008 R2 SP1. The installation of WSUS 3.0 SP2 is quite simple and can be completed quickly. Whats important is the WSUS configuration and  managing the WSUS. In next post we will also see the configuration and managing WSUS 3.0 SP2.

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)  :- WSUS is a computer program developed by Microsoft Corporation that enables administrators to manage the distribution of updates and hotfixes released for Microsoft products to computers in a corporate environment. WSUS downloads these updates from the Microsoft Update website and then distributes them to computers on a network. The WSUS infrastructure allows automatic downloads of updates, hotfixes, service packs, device drivers and feature packs to clients in an organization from a central server(s).

 

We will be installing WSUS role on a separate server. Our lab requirements are listed below :

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The name of the domain will be PRAJWAL.LOCAL. The Domain controller AD.PRAJWAL.LOCAL will be running DNS service along with Active Directory Domain Services. The WSUS role will be installed on WSUS.PRAJWAL.LOCAL machine. We will be creating an account named “wsusadmin“. The WSUS installation and configuration will be performed using this account, the user account wsusadmin will be the member of domain admins group. To login to the client machine CLIENT.PRAJWAL.LOCAL, we will create a domain user called “test“.

WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be downloaded here : – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5216

Microsoft Report Viewer :- http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=6576

For WSUS hardware requirements, database requirements and prerequisites please refer to this link.

Installing Prerequistes.

Login to WSUS.PRAJWAL.LOCAL with the user account wsusadmin. Launch the Server Manager, right click Features, click Add Features. On the Select Features Page click .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features, a window pops up asking you to install additional role services, click on Add Required Role Services. Click Next.

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Click Next.

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The following IIS services must be installed and running for WSUS to work:

  • HTTP Static Content
  • ASP.NET
  • Windows authentication
  • Dynamic content compression
  • IIS Metabase Compatibility

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Once you have selected the services, click on Install.

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The selected services have been installed. click Close.

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Before we start the WSUS installation, we require another software called  Microsoft Report viewer redistributable 2008. The software is available here :- http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=6576

The Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 Redistributable Package includes Windows Forms and ASP.NET Web server controls for viewing reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology.

Double click the report viewer setup file and click Next.

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Accept the license terms and click Install.

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Once the setup is complete. Click Finish.

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Note : You can also install the WSUS 3.0 SP2 by launching the Server Manager, Roles, Add Roles, Windows Server Update Services. Since we have already downloaded the setup file we will the setup file to launch the installation of WSUS.

Double click the file WSUS30-KB972455-x64.exe. On the Setup Wizard page click Next.

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Select Full Server installation including Administrator Console. click Next.

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Read the license terms and click on I accept the terms of the license agreement. Click Next.

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We will store the updates locally and the updates will stored on other drive E. Its not recommended to store the updates on C drive because if the OS crashes then the updates are also lost along with it. Click Next.

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Click on first option, Use the existing IIS Default web site (recommended). Click Next.

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It would take close to 2-3 minutes to complete installation. Once completed click Finish.

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Congratulations, the WSUS 3.0 SP2 is installed on Windows server 2008 R2. In the next post we will see the steps to configure the WSUS server.

  • Endler

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  • fatih

    hi
    thank you for post

    But i have a question. i have two wsus server.
    one of them has internet connection but another has not.
    And i want to download updates to first server(that has internet connection),
    and export updates from this server, import updates to another server.
    So i installed wsus to server has internet connection.
    But i failed to install another server.
    Because, in Configuration wizard, in Choose upstream server page, I cannot select microsoft update or other option.
    So, what can i do for this trouble?
    Please help

    • Why did the installation fail ? Also make sure that both the servers can communicate..if possible send the screenshots to prajwal@prajwaldesai.com

      • fatih

        the servers cannot communicate each other. They are in seperate network.
        I want to download updates to server that has connection. And then, i must copy and move updates with removable device(like usb). And import updates to another server. So, I cannot select any option in upstream server selection page with configuration wizard. Here is the problem.

  • Kinnari Thaker

    Hi
    same steps are required to follow to configure WSUS on Server 2008 std? I have installed server 2008 std on one of the server machine but ‘Add Feature’ and ‘Remove Feature’ are disable. what could be the reason. how to enable?

    Thanks.

    • To install WSUS 3.0 SP2 on windows server 2008 make sure that you have Windows Server 2008 with SP2 or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. Also with what account have you logged in and does the account have enough permissions to add or remove features ?