Any issues switching from server side to client side targeting?

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by NeilB, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. NeilB

    NeilB Guest


    We are still getting to grips with WSUS and have decided server side
    targeting is too unwieldy to administer. If we switch to client side
    targeting are there any issues with this? What happens to the computers that
    are already assigned to groups - will they revert back to being unassigned
    or stay where they were?

    I would just try it but there are too many machines involved.


    Neil B
    NeilB, Jul 29, 2005
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  2. I'm not sure how to answer... "are there any issues with this?"

    There have been several discussion threads over the past several months that
    could be classified as "related to client-side targeting", although I'll
    note that almost every one of them ultimately tied back to an operator
    misconfiguration of the policy or server.

    But I will answer your specific question:
    The computers already assigned to groups will automatically reassign to new
    groups when they receive a policy update that assigns them to a group --
    provided that the targetgroupname exists on the WSUS server when they
    receive the policy update. Otherwise, they'll move to "Unassigned

    Just "trying it" is something you'd want to do with a SMALL TEST GROUP, or
    with a single system, not with the whole enterprise, anyway. :)
    Lawrence Garvin, Jul 29, 2005
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  3. NeilB

    NeilB Guest

    Thanks for that Lawrence. Exactly the info I needed.

    I was hoping that the computers would remain in their manually allocated
    group unless a policy explicitly moved them (as this initially seems more
    logical). I'd better be careful then.


    NeilB, Aug 1, 2005
  4. If you do not enable Client-Side Targeting for the GPO assigned to that
    specific OU or domain, then the systems will stay in the group assigned at
    the server.

    Also, Allen McGuire is operating his environment in the unusual mix of
    client-side targeting enabled at the client (which has the client report
    it's preferred group), but the server configured for server-side targeting
    (which gives the server ultimate authority over group membership).

    In light of that, I'm inclined to speculate that if you leave the server
    configured for server-side targeting, that the clients will report their
    'preferred group' based on the client-side targeting configuration
    information in the GPO, but that the clients will not actually change groups
    at the server, because the server is configured to 'ignore' the provided
    information (as a result of the server-side targeting configured on the

    Chat with Allen for more detail on how the specifics of this works, and what
    he finds to be his particular advantages, but this might be a solution for
    your immediate needs.
    Lawrence Garvin, Aug 1, 2005
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