Can't download updates from upstream server if they aren't approve

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Louis, May 31, 2007.

  1. Louis

    Louis Guest

    I can't understand why it's taking 3 versions to get this software where it
    should of been on the first version. And it still does not seem to be there
    yet. Maybe they should charge for this software, then perhaps they will have
    more of a reason to make this simple and effective!!!! Anyway, enough

    The problem is this, I have about 21 servers at remote locations running
    WSUS 3.0. I have a server at the main office running WSUS 3.0. The server
    at the main site I want to be the only server to get the updates directly
    from MS website. The other servers are configured to have the server at the
    main site be the upstream server, but not replicas. This works good, except,
    if I have an update needed on a downstream server and that update was not
    needed on the main upstream server, then the update get's approved on the
    downstream server, but when it tries to download it, it fails, because the
    upstream server never had it downloaded since it never needed it. Someone
    then may say I need to make the downstream servers replica servers. Well
    this would be fine and dandy if the replica wouldn't download every updated
    ever requested by every client in the whole environment!!!! Basically I
    would have to upgrade tons of hard disks to accomidate updates to be stored
    on servers that don't need them! How can I make the upstream server download
    an update that is requested by a downstream server if the downstream server
    is not a replica but using the upstream server instead of going to MS website

    Does this make sense?

    Louis, May 31, 2007
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  2. Louis

    PA Bear Guest

    Forwarded to WSUS newsgroup via crosspost.
    PA Bear, May 31, 2007
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  3. Louis

    Louis Guest

    Where Do I see that? I thought I was in the WSUS newsgroup. Now I find the
    Software Update Services newsgroup and I do not see my post in there. Did it
    get forwarded properly?
    Louis, May 31, 2007
  4. Louis

    PA Bear Guest

    You originally posted to the Windows Update newsgroup.

    I crossposted my reply to the WSUS newsgroup, not your original message.
    Replies sent from WSUS newsgroup will be posted to both newsgroups.

    The thread subject "Can't download updates from upstream server..." will be
    seen in both newsgroups, Louis.
    PA Bear, May 31, 2007
  5. Probably not.. it's even harder to get *free* support from *volunteers* when
    you wear your attitude on your sleeve.

    Absolutely! Shucks, I still haven't even read what your *problem* is!

    Yep.. this is by design.... it's documented... and it's been that way since
    WSUS was released two years ago.

    No.. you just need to be patient. The upstream server will request the
    content from microsoft, and the downstream server will get it on the next
    sychronization. All of which is well documented in the WSUS Deployment

    It only downloads what you have *approved* for installation.... but then
    this discussion really isn't about replicas since you don't have one.. so
    let's stick to the real scenario, shall we?

    No.. you wouldn't.. but that's also covered in the WSUS Deployment Guide.
    (You've not read it, have you? I can tell.)

    W A I T. That's how you do it.

    Now, of course, the *upstream* server also has to be synchronized to get
    those products, classifications, and languages that the downstream server
    wants, or else they'll *never* be available.

    From the Deployment Guide:

    When you configure a downstream server, you should make sure that the update
    languages it supports are a subset of the languages supported on its
    upstream server. If you choose a language on a downstream server that is not
    supported on an upstream server, you will not be able to get updates in that
    language. To remind you of this issue, a task will appear on the home page
    of the downstream server.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCTS, MCP
    Independent WSUS Evangelist
    MVP-Software Distribution (2005-2007)

    Everything you need for WSUS is at

    And, almost everything else is at

    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), May 31, 2007

  6. In the header? <eg>
    Hint: click on the name of the newsgroup you want to read from.
    Note: results depend on the web portal you are using.
    Not all portals contain links to all newsgroup archives.

    One of the reasons we cross-post is so the reader won't have to search
    for a different newsgroup... ; }


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Jun 1, 2007
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