Tips for using WSUS

I have been a big user of WSUS for a while now and i have just came across two very handy tips for making an IT Pro’s job a lot easier.

1. WUAUCLT /reportnow . Previously the command WUAUCLT /detectnow would force a dectrion on the Automatic Update agent on a PC but the /reportnow forces the client to update the status back to the server. Very handy switch as this save you waiting around for this to happen when it feels like it.

2. WUA_SearchDownloadInstall.vbs . This script does what it says… I Searches Downloads and Installs all approved updates. This is very handy if you want to force the update of patches and could be used in a workstation build process as a post build task in SCCM or WDS very easily. The code for this script can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa387102(VS.85).aspx .

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