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Installing WSUS role in Server 2008 R2 standalone (offline)

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  • I just stood up a Windows 2008 R2 server on a standalone network (it cannot connect to the internet).  I want to install WSUS so I can push updates downstream to other computers on this standalone network.  When I try to install the role it attempts to 'search for updates' then times out and says "The update could not be found.  There may be a network connection issue".

    How can I install the WSUS role offline?

    If I need software not included with 2008 R2 it would have to be free from Microsoft only (company security policy).

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 AM

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  • Hi,

    Thank you for posting here.

    For a disconnected server, you should simply not perform that synchronization task during the setup and configuration wizard. All of the information obtained by that wizard, and needed for the server, will be obtained from the metadata import or configured manually from the Options pages of the console.

    In fact, you can cancel out of the entire setup wizard, since anything done by that wizard will be automatically created as soon as you perform the metadata import.

    About how to set up a disconnected network(import and export): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939873(WS.10).aspx

    Best regards,

    Clarence


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    • Marked as answer by Gordon_W Tuesday, November 15, 2011 1:41 PM
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 5:03 AM
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  • Hi,

    Thank you for posting here.

    For a disconnected server, you should simply not perform that synchronization task during the setup and configuration wizard. All of the information obtained by that wizard, and needed for the server, will be obtained from the metadata import or configured manually from the Options pages of the console.

    In fact, you can cancel out of the entire setup wizard, since anything done by that wizard will be automatically created as soon as you perform the metadata import.

    About how to set up a disconnected network(import and export): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939873(WS.10).aspx

    Best regards,

    Clarence


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    • Marked as answer by Gordon_W Tuesday, November 15, 2011 1:41 PM
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 5:03 AM
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  • Clarence,

    Thank you for responding.  That link lead me to this: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939811%28WS.10%29.aspx#wssetup

    In short, I needed this to get me started: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5216

    Thanks again!



    • Edited by Gordon_W Tuesday, November 15, 2011 1:49 PM
    • Proposed as answer by yannara Tuesday, July 02, 2013 7:30 AM
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 1:47 PM
  • In fact, you can cancel out of the entire setup wizard, since anything done by that wizard will be automatically created as soon as you perform the metadata import.

    Actually, this is not entirely accurate. The import only imports update definitions -- it does not migrate configuration settings.

    The procedure for configuring a disconnected server does require some setup configuration to be performed before importing metadata. Most notably the langage setting needs to be confirmed, and the best place to do this is by paging through the setup wizard.

    What does not need to be performed in the setup wizard is the synchronization. That's the point at which the wizard should be cancelled out of.

    Otherwise the admin will need to manually access Options | Update Files and Languages and verify the correct language setting. (Express Files is off by default, and I would not recommend using Express Files in a disconnected environment.)

    From the WSUS Deployment Guide:

    Match express file installation and language settings on export and import servers

    Before you export and import updates, you should confirm that the settings for express installation files and update languages on the WSUS export server match the settings on the WSUS import server. If these settings do not match, updates will not be correctly applied.


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    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:03 PM
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