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Could not create MMC Snap-In to manage WSUS on a different server

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  • Hello everyone,

    There are many things in here for creating the snap-in and problems. This isn't one of those.

    I have a WSUS server on my network, the only way I can seem to manage it from my Terminal Server is if I install the WSUS role on my Terminal Server.

    If I uninstall the WSUS role from my TS then I cannot manage the WSUS server through MMC.

    I get a "MMC cannot create the Snap-in".

    Does that seem right that I need to have that role installed on my TS in order to manage the other WSUS server?

    Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:54 PM

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  • I have a WSUS server on my network, the only way I can seem to manage it from my Terminal Server is if I install the WSUS role on my Terminal Server.

    It would help to know which version of Windows this TS is running on, but given that you've mentioned both "Terminal Services" and "WSUS Role", logic suggests this is Windows Server 2008.
    If I uninstall the WSUS role from my TS then I cannot manage the WSUS server through MMC.
    Have you tried doing a Console Only installation from the standalone installer?
    I get a "MMC cannot create the Snap-in".
    Well... yes... the WSUS console is not a native component of Windows Server. You do have to *install* the console to use it.
    Does that seem right that I need to have that role installed on my TS in order to manage the other WSUS server?
    No, but you do have to have the *console* installed.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2013)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence R Garvin
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:21 PM

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  • I have a WSUS server on my network, the only way I can seem to manage it from my Terminal Server is if I install the WSUS role on my Terminal Server.

    It would help to know which version of Windows this TS is running on, but given that you've mentioned both "Terminal Services" and "WSUS Role", logic suggests this is Windows Server 2008.
    If I uninstall the WSUS role from my TS then I cannot manage the WSUS server through MMC.
    Have you tried doing a Console Only installation from the standalone installer?
    I get a "MMC cannot create the Snap-in".
    Well... yes... the WSUS console is not a native component of Windows Server. You do have to *install* the console to use it.
    Does that seem right that I need to have that role installed on my TS in order to manage the other WSUS server?
    No, but you do have to have the *console* installed.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2013)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence R Garvin
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:21 PM
  • Thank you, you've answered my question and misunderstanding of the console installation.

    You were right it was a Server 2008R2 install on my Terminal Server, managing a 2008R2 box.
    Friday, October 25, 2013 3:53 PM
  • You were right it was a Server 2008R2 install on my Terminal Server, managing a 2008R2 box.

    Well, actually, I wasn't.

    • In Windows Server 2008 the feature is called "Terminal Services".
    • In Windows Server 2008 R2 the feature is called "Remote Desktop Services".

    I used a literal interpretation, expecting that might be problematic, but it was close enough to know that the console is not directly installable on those systems. (Only in WS2012 can you now install only the console from Server Manager.)

    Glad you got it all sorted out.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2013)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence R Garvin
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Friday, October 25, 2013 8:58 PM