Are Automatic Updates with SUS working???

In this Article, I will explain how to test SUS for Automatic Updates. Now, SUS is installed and AU clients are configured (happily I assume), but, hey how will you check if everything is working, like how will you TEST the functionality. Let’s put this again in simple steps;


 




  • TEST SUS: First, make sure it’s synchronizing with Microsoft Update Server daily, looking at Synchronization & Application Event logs and then, do nothing, yes simply nothing, that’s it. Isn’t that simple??









Succesful Sync:


Automatic Sync Started– Thursday, May 26, 2005 1:00:12 AM
Software Update Services is up to date. No changes were required during  synchronization.


Sync Finished-Thursday, May 26, 2005 1:01:00 AM


SUS_Sync_Log


Failed Sync:




























Automatic Sync Started– Wednesday, May 18, 2005 1:00:01 AM Failed
Updates Added:
None
Updates Removed:
None
Reissued Update(s):
None
Errors:
Failed to download from URL ‘http://www.msus.windowsupdate.com/msus/v1/aucatalog1.cab’. (Error 0x80072EFD: Unable to connect to the server.)
Sync Finished-Wednesday, May 18, 2005 1:00:01 AM

SUS_Failed_Sync
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To resolve this error, have a look at Troubleshooting Error 0x80072efd





 




  • Test Automatic Updates: This is more important for Automatic Updates, as SUS will only approve updates but it has to be pulled by the AU client only.  




    1. First, you have got to make sure AU gets appropriate settings via GPO…. But how?? Very simple, just do a simple Reg query from command prompt; Reg query “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate” /s as shown below; 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate


    WUServer                    REG_SZ http://Your-SUS-ServerIP/Hostname


    WUStatusServer              REG_SZ http://Your-SUServerIP/Hostname


 


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU


    NoAutoUpdate              REG_DWORD       0x0


    AUOptions                    REG_DWORD      0x4


    ScheduledInstallDay       REG_DWORD      0x0


    ScheduledInstallTime      REG_DWORD       0x3


    UseWUServer                REG_DWORD      0x1


    RescheduleWaitTime       REG_DWORD       0x1e


 





    1. Have a look at C:\Windows\Windows Update.log for successful detection. 

2005-02-24 08:31:34  05:31:34   Success   IUENGINE       Starting


2005-02-24 08:31:48  05:31:48   Success   IUENGINE       Determining machine configuration


2005-02-24 08:31:58  05:31:58   Success   IUENGINE       Querying software update catalog from http://192.151.106.57/autoupdate/getmanifest.asp


2005-02-24 08:31:59  05:31:59   Success   IUENGINE       Determining machine configuration


2005-02-24 08:32:00  05:32:00   Success   IUENGINE       Querying software update catalog from http://192.151.106.57/autoupdate/getmanifest.asp


2005-02-24 08:32:00  05:32:00   Success   IUENGINE       Determining machine configuration


2005-02-24 08:32:00  05:32:00   Success   IUENGINE       Querying software update catalog from http://192.151.106.57/autoupdate/getmanifest.asp


2005-02-24 08:32:42  05:32:42   Success   IUENGINE       Determining machine configuration


2005-02-24 08:32:42  05:32:42   Error     IUENGINE       Querying software update catalog from http://192.151.106.57/autoupdatedrivers/getmanifest.asp (Error 0x80190194)


2005-02-24 08:32:43  05:32:43   Success   IUENGINE       Shutting down


 


Note: You can ignore Error 0x80190194. More on


http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=326596


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
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