As the title suggests, we are going to install WSUS (Windows Server Update Service) on Windows Server 2012.
Follow the steps below to install WSUS:
9) On Select role services, we will keep the default selection i.e. WID database & WSUS Services.
WID (Windows Internal Database) is the default option, but we can use Database (SQL database) if you do not want to use WID. You can only select either WID or Database. To me personally there is no difference in using either. You don’t get any performance gains.
10) On Content location selection, enter the location where you’d like WSUS to save downloaded updates. Best practice is to have WSUS on a different server, and have WSUS database and updates on a separate hard drive. Since on this test VM we only have a single hard drive partition we will remove the tick mark on “Store updates in the following locations”. FYI, this location can be a local path i.e. C:\WSUS or remote path i.e. \\Server\WSUS. Click Next.
WSUS Installation has finished, we will now start configuring WSUS.
7) From the Product list, select all the products you want WSUS to download and install updates for. Since this is a test lab we will be only be downloading updates for Windows 8 and Office 2010. Click Next.
10) Select Begin Initial synchronization to allow WSUS to download updates. At Initial Synchronization WSUS will download all the product updates selected in the previous steps from Microsoft this initial synchronization will take a lot of time depending on the number of selected products and updates available for them. Click Finish.
Setting up Group Policy for WSUS
This is the most critical step, I’ve seen many admins that are able to install WSUS correctly but unable to setup Group Policy for them correctly and hence fail to get their WSUS install to work.
Rest of the policies are optional, and configuring them or not depends on you.