SUS Client not getting updates from SUS server

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Bill, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    I set up SUS in a Novell environment by configuring a
    registry key as the SUS deployment guide suggests. The
    computer does have the Automatic Updates client software
    and Windows 2000 SP4 on it. I have checked and double
    checked the the registy settings to make sure they are
    correct on the client computer. However, the client
    computer I set up the registry settings on does not appear
    to be pulling updates from the SUS Server.

    I have tried restarting IIS as the Troubleshooting guide
    suggests and that has not helped either. Another
    Troubleshooting recommendation in their was to look at the
    %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log file because it is updated with
    information regarding the download and installation of the
    packages. I cannot find this file anywhere on the

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Bill, Oct 31, 2003
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  2. Hi

    Fyi, there is a separate newsgroup for SUS:



    URL to the group softwareupdatesvcs for those who uses the not so good Web
    interface to access the newsgroups:

    A Web site about SUS with a FAQ and a SUS forum:

    More Web sites:
    Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Oct 31, 2003
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  3. Bill

    Bill Guest

    thanks man. I have tried to post in that forum over their
    several times and it never shows up. I used the web
    address. Is this why you say its not so great? I can't
    get a post to show up for anything.
    Bill, Nov 1, 2003
  4. Hi

    It should show up there if you try to post (there was a period a while ago
    though where it did not work). When I say not so great, it is compared to using
    a proper newsreader to access the newsgroups. Using the Web interface to find
    back your own postings as well as searching is cumbersome compared to a a
    proper newsreader.

    You can use e.g. Outlook Express to access the newsgroups:

    Setting up Outlook Express Newsreader

    A simple setup of Outlook Express as a newsreader

    And instructions from Bert Kinney MVP DTS:

    How to configure Outlook Express for reading Microsoft news messages:
    These steps may differ slightly with different versions of Outlook Express.

    1. In Outlook Express, click Accounts on the Tools menu.

    2. In the Internet Accounts dialog box, click Add, and then click News.

    3. In the Display Name box, type a friendly name for the newsgroup, and then
    click Next.

    4. In the E-mail Address box, type the e-mail address for the account you are
    using (for example, see Tip 5), and then click Next.

    5. In the News (NNTP) Server box, type - No Password
    or logon required.

    6. Click Close.

    7. When asked if you want to download newsgroups, select yes.

    To subscribe to Internet newsgroups in Outlook Express:

    1. On the Tools menu, click Newsgroups.

    2. In the list of newsgroups, click a newsgroup and then click Subscribe.

    To search for a specific newsgroup, type a word or part of a newsgroup name
    (in this case type Win98 ) in the Display Newsgroups Which Contain box.

    3. After downloading the 300 newest headers (300 is the default setting) go to
    Tools - Options - Read, and set "Get 300 headers at a time" to 1000, the
    maximum. See Tip 3.

    Tip 1. To see replies to the original post click on the Plus Sign (+) to the
    left of the post.

    Tip 2. Newsgroups you have already subscribed to are denoted by a
    newspaper icon to the left of the newsgroup name.

    Tip 3. This will allow the headers missed from the last visit to be downloaded
    up to 1000. This setting will vary depending on how busy that particular
    newsgroup is, and the amount of time from the last visit. Some newsgroups see
    one or two posts per day while others such as WindowsXP.general see upward of
    1000 per day.

    Tip 4. Since you don't see the full name of the newsgroups when you download,
    hover your cursor over the line between Newsgroups and Description on the
    title line. Once it changes to a double arrow, left click and hold and drag
    line to the right until you can see more of the newsgroups.

    Tip 5. A functional email address is not necessary. To reduce Spam a fake
    email address can be used (example: ) or a mangled so a reader
    can figure it out and reply (example: .
    Note: the mangle should be place on the domain side (right of the @) of the
    email address.
    Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Nov 1, 2003
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