How to confirm a wsus client status from the client?

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by Rick, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Rick

    Rick Guest


    We have WSUS 3.0 and a couple of hundred servers in the field (non-domain)
    environment. Is there a way we can confirm a client's ability to talk to our
    WSUS at the time of the server installation/( or gpedit configuration) ? .
    Besides being able to ping the
    WSUS, our field techs would like to make sure that the servers can talk to
    our WSUS (located at the corporate), without having us take a look at the
    console or running a report.

    Thanks for your advise,
    Rick, Jul 17, 2007
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  2. A client's ability, or inability, to communicate with a WSUS server will be
    indicated by whether that machine has registered with the WSUS server, or
    not. Registration indicates basic communication is functional.

    However, if not registered, there are a number of reasons why the inability
    to communicate might exist and many of them have nothing at all to do with
    the client system.

    Well.. *not* looking at the admin console is just plan dysfunctional, to be

    If you expect to operate or maintain a remote WSUS server, you will have to
    look at the admin console from time to time.

    But, the easiest way to confirm that a downstream WSUS server is
    communicating with an upstream WSUS 3 server is to look in the Downloads
    node of the upstream WSS3 server where the downstream servers wil be
    registered, and read the timestamp on the last synchronization.

    You will have needed to access the admin console long before you can get to
    that step, though.

    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 \(MVP\), Jul 18, 2007
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