WSUS on SBS2003 – Wot No Clients showing up? A simple answer…

So, for three days I have been trying to understand why my SBS Client machines were not showing up on the WSUS Console…

I have found that the answer is simple, but not clear (judging by the amount of posts on the subject on the web).

So here it is people:

You MUST, on a SBS2003 install of WSUS, set the update location on the clients to http://yourservername:8530

If you do not put the port name in (like I did until about 20 minutes ago) then it appears to work by giving you no errors on the WindowsUpdate.log file, but in fact does not work!

After doing this, stop the Automatic Updates on the client machine, then restart them.   After that, type wuauclt /detectnow on the client Command Prompt and you will very shortly after have PC’s showing up on the WSUS console.

Oh, by the way…   the XPSP2 Firewall can safely remain on.

  6 Replies to “WSUS on SBS2003 – Wot No Clients showing up? A simple answer…”

  1. PS
    June 12, 2005 at 10:05 am

    >>You MUST, on a SBS2003 install of WSUS, set the update location on the >>clients to http://yourservername:8350

    Shouldn’t that be http://yourservername:8530 ?

  2. Nick Whittome
    June 12, 2005 at 10:08 am

    Yes! Well spotted 🙂 Thanks. I have ammended.

  3. Cobos
    June 16, 2005 at 11:04 am

    I did it on another way:

    Make a new DNS zone: ex. intranet

    New Host in intranet: sus, = sus.intranet, = internal ip

    In iis6 change host header of wsus site to sus.intranet, change ports to 80 & 443

    in you policy your update location = sus.intranet

    that worked instantly for me!

  4. Mark
    May 10, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    How about the intranet statistics server, should this also be filled in including the port? (WSUS3)

  5. Mathew
    July 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Thankyou so much!!

    The Microsoft walkthrough doesn’t mention the port number, and givs examples without the port being specified.

    10 Hours i have been looking for this post!!


  6. July 29, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Mark, yes…. it should also have the port.

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