*WARNING: Failed to obtain SusClientId

I was troubleshooting one of the Automatic Update Client which was not updating from the Software Update Services Server. Scanning thru WindowsUpdate.log file, it reported a warning as below; 11/29/2005 12:48:42   Agent     * WARNING: Failed to obtain SusClientId   So, Immediately I checked the registry for SusClientId value from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate and I found it missing as rightly reported in WindowsUpdate.log file. Now, the question is how to re-generate SusClientId value. There might be some other useful tricks but the best I found is hitting http://windowsupdate.com and scan for the patches and when it was complete, I again checked in the registry and wow SusClientId … Continue reading *WARNING: Failed to obtain SusClientId

New Articles added

For those who are reading this blog, I have added some new Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Articles @ http://msmvps.com/athif/category/1337.aspx?Show=All

Repeated WSUSAdmin Login Prompts

Sometimes or very often you notice that you are prompted for login credentials aka Username & Password when you browse http://Your-WSUS-Server/WSUSAdmin. You might wonder why it repeatedly prompts for the login. This is by design & to remedy this, you might want to add http://Your-WSUS-Server/WSUSAdmin to “Local Intranet” Zone from Internet Explorer – Tools – Options – Security – Local Intranet – Sites – Advanced – Add this website to the Local Intranet Zone.

Official WSUS News Group is now accessible via USENET Google Groups

I have been struggling to access Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) NG http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/newsgroups/dgbrowser/en-us/default.mspx?dg=microsoft.public.windows.server.update_services via USENET and finally, WSUS News Group is now accessible via USENET http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.server.update_services. For some reason, this NG was not accessible via Google groups and finally it’s one step there. Now, I can contribute to the WSUS Community (WSUS News Groups / Forums) over here 🙂  

Baffled Windows Globe message appears sometimes after updates are installed

After the installation of updates by the Automatic Update Client, sometimes, windows globe appears in the task bar stating that the computer has been updated and it actually disappears if you double click on it. When do you see such globe appearing & why? If an update which was installed & which do not require a restart then, you will see windows globe to appear in the task bar with a notification that those updates have been successfully installed. This is just information and it disappears when you click on that notification.

WSUS: Automatic Update Client Logged in users are popped to accept Office EULA

SYMPTOMS You notice, the Office Updates as approved on Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Server when installed by Automatic Update Client forces the logged in user to accept the EULA, End User License Agreement every time they open an Office application CAUSE This behavior occurs if your user account does not have permissions to modify the Microsoft Windows Registry.   RESOLUTION   http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;884202&FR=1   Right-click the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0 subkey or the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0, and then click Permissions.   Click Users (Computer_name\Users), and then click to select the Allow check box for the Full Control permission

Where can I find find the wuau.adm file that includes all the new WSUS options?

There are several places to find this file; It’s available on every XP SP2 machine in the WINDOWS\INF folder. Additionally, you can find this file on the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server itself.  Browse to the the %ProgramFiles%\Update Services\Selfupdate\au\x86 folder and locate the wucltui.cab file under your language folder (en=English).  Open the wucltui.cab cabinet file to find the updated wuau.adm file. You can also download All Group Policy ADM Files directly from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=92759d4b-7112-4b6c-ad4a-bbf3802a5c9b&displaylang=en

Review Synchronization Settings in TO DO LIST incorrectly displays new product classifications

This post applies to September 2005 Synchronization;   On WSUSAdmin page, in the To Do List, You might see “1 new product and 0 new classifications were added in the last 30 days.”   What is the new product & how to find that?   Normally, you can see if a new product or classification is added by looking under options, synchronization options, products & classifications in the UI. But, in this case, the UI does not show-up. This is strange!   According to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Team, “This is because a revision to the Office product family … Continue reading Review Synchronization Settings in TO DO LIST incorrectly displays new product classifications