Last contacted vs. Last status report

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by David Patterson, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. Can anyone explain to me the difference between the "Last contacted" and
    "Last status report" date/time-stamps on computers in WSUS? What activity
    causes each timestamp to be updated?

    From observation, it seems a status report is when WSUS information gets
    updated with which updates have been installed. When do computers report
    this information to the WSUS server? It does NOT seem to be an immediate
    thing. I have observed computers that have installed approved updates, but
    the WSUS interface does not show that computer as having those updates
    installed yet. If a computer is shutdown before reporting status, even the
    next time it is turned on, it does not seem to immediately report status to
    the WSUS server. Why the delay in reporting status? Is there any pattern to
    the delay, or is it purely a random thing?
    David Patterson, Mar 20, 2006
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  2. Yes.

    "Last contacted" refers to any time the client contacts the WSUS server: for
    initial registration, to selfupdate, to detect, to download content.

    "Last status report" refers specifcially to the execution of calls to the
    ReportingWebService, and generally occurs 15-20 minutes after the completion
    of a detection interval.
    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), Mar 20, 2006
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