Troubleshooting WSUS

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Microsoft "Fix it"

This wizard will attempt to fix various issues automatically with WSUS:

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2016 Server

If your 2016 server is not updating, open an admin CLI and run: Server 2016 failing updates: In a admin CLI: net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

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Registry check

To verify that your WSUS server is in your client's registry from PowerShell:

Get-ItemProperty -path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate -name "WUServer"

Get-ItemProperty -path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate -name "WUStatusServer"

Get-ItemProperty -path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate -name "TargetGroup"

Get-ItemProperty -path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate -name "TargetGroupEnabled"

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Command line checks

Windows 2012:

wuauclt /detectnow