972493 Update for Server Manager x64 edition - WSUS says its required by computers, but those comput

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by Bruce Sanderson, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. WSUS 3.0 SP2 (Version 3.2.7600.226) says that update 972493 is required by
    several servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit edition, but none of
    those computers ever install it - these servers do not have WSUS installed -
    WSUS is used to manage updates for them.

    Even though WSUS says this update is "required", "Check for updates" in
    Windows Update on those computers reports no updates are available. There
    is no evidence that 972493 that I can see that this update was ever
    installed on those computers.

    So, if WSUS is saying this update is required, why are no servers it is
    "required" for receiving and installing it?
    Bruce Sanderson, Mar 14, 2010
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  2. Bruce.. this one has been beat to death... it's the same conversation as
    you'll find under the WSUS v3 SP1 Dynamic Installer discussions from last
    spring, summer, and fall.

    The update is reported as "Not Installed" because WSUS /COULD/ be installed
    on those machines, if you chose to do so -- just like SILVERLIGHT could be
    installed on those machines, if you chose to do so. (I imagine neither will
    be installed on the majority of Windows Server 2008 systems.) The only
    reason you have this update in your catalog is because you've enabled the
    product category for the WSUS Dynamic Installer.
    No... WSUS *never* says an update is "required" (sic). Neither the WUAgent,
    nor WSUS, report "required" as a state. They report NOT INSTALLED, as a
    state -- a simple fact, not a recommendation, suggestion, or implication of
    any action that should be taken on the part of an administrator.
    Yes.. because those updates are not available via the web-based *consumer*
    oriented front-ends (although if you configure a Windows Server 2008 system
    to use Automatic Updates and choose to install the WSUS role, that server
    will get the content from "Microsoft Update".)
    That is correct. It won't be unless you choose to install WSUS on those
    servers using Server Manager.
    Because it's a DYNAMIC INSTALLER. :)

    If you do not plan on deploying additional WSUS servers to Windows Server
    2008 then you can ignore this update (just as I presume you're doing for
    Silverlight), or even DECLINE (which you cannot do for Silverlight as it's a
    multi-platform package).

    You should probably also unselect the product category for WSUS and Server
    Manager dynamic installers.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2010)

    My Blog: http://onsitechsolutions.spaces.live.com
    Microsoft WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Mar 15, 2010
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  3. Bruce Sanderson


    Oct 20, 2010
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    You can make as many counterpoints as you want but what WSUS is doing is confusing and in this case isn't working like a majority of the end users are expecting.
    rsbomar, Oct 20, 2010
  4. Bruce Sanderson


    Oct 20, 2010
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    As administrators we want to go in to WSUS and see all the servers we are managing say 100% not 99%. When there are 100's of servers you are managing you want to be able to spend as little time with any app as possible. Because this update says needed on so many machines, we as administrators have to spend time we don't want to spend double checking that we are at 99% because of this one update.
    rsbomar, Oct 20, 2010
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