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How to stop using WSUS

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  • Hi 

    This is my first post. I want to stop the WSUS service from running on my server as it take a long time for me to deploy updates etc.. and I don't really see the need as we only have the file server, Terminal server and one or 2 separate desktops. I would rather just log on to each every week and run the Default Windows Update. How do i go about doing this ?

    I am running a server 2008 R2?

    Thanks

    Paul

    Tuesday, February 04, 2014 10:04 AM

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  • Wednesday, February 05, 2014 7:05 AM
  • Hi,

    You can follow this guide to uninstall WSUS:

    How to Uninstall WSUS

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/f447e7d6-7007-4eb6-b38b-90f92525e092/how-to-uninstall-wsus?forum=winserverwsus

    OR.. since he seems to have a perfectly operating server and just doesn't want to have centralized patch management, so the solution is to simply UNINSTALL THE ROLE using Server Manager.

    Hopefully the O.P. sees this message before launching off down a convoluted and totally unnecessary remediation procedure. (Of course, the post does mention uninstalling the role, but that remains to be seen.)


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Friday, February 07, 2014 12:50 AM
  • Thanks for the replies .. I would rather not go in to the complicated complete removal as I do not want to accidentally screw my server 

    i will give the uninstallation of the role a go. After i have done that do i need to do anything else for the server and terminal server to be able to use windows updates?

    thanks  

    Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:00 AM
  • do i need to do anything else for the server and terminal server to be able to use windows updates?

    Reconfigure Group Policy so that the clients don't look for the WSUS server anymore. To do that, set the policy for Specify intranet Microsoft update server location to DISABLED for all GPOs where it was previously enabled.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Friday, February 28, 2014 4:43 AM