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See what files are downlading/downloaded from wsus and force download

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  • Hi all,

    I would like to see what files are downloading after I approved updates. The reason is that, for testing reasons, I approve updates and test them on a test machine (client). In wsus, the client machine has updates to be installed, but when I run Windows Update on the client (wuauclt /detectnow), there are no update avaliable, because wsus as not finished the download (I guess).

    Is there a way to see what files are downoading or must be downloaded ? Can I force the downlaod if I need it quickly ?

    Thank you for your response.

    Best regards.

    Matteo, .NET Developer and System Engineer

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:00 PM

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  • Is there a way to see what files are downoading or must be downloaded?
    Certainly. Filter on Approval=Approved in the All Updates view, enable the File Status column, and sort on File Status. The updates with the "Files not downloaded" icon are not downloaded; the updates with the "Ready" icon are downloaded.
    Can I force the download if I need it quickly?
    Not really. Updates are queued for download in the order in which they are approved -- thus the importance of approving the updates you "need quickly" FIRST, and then approving the other updates later.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2012)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin

    • Marked as answer by joujoukinder Monday, March 05, 2012 9:06 AM
    Thursday, March 01, 2012 1:04 AM
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  • Is there a way to see what files are downoading or must be downloaded?
    Certainly. Filter on Approval=Approved in the All Updates view, enable the File Status column, and sort on File Status. The updates with the "Files not downloaded" icon are not downloaded; the updates with the "Ready" icon are downloaded.
    Can I force the download if I need it quickly?
    Not really. Updates are queued for download in the order in which they are approved -- thus the importance of approving the updates you "need quickly" FIRST, and then approving the other updates later.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2012)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin

    • Marked as answer by joujoukinder Monday, March 05, 2012 9:06 AM
    Thursday, March 01, 2012 1:04 AM
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  • In addition, Once you approve an update,normally,It will trigger the downloading process immediately.You can even see the downloading process status in the overview pane of your WSUS console.


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    Thursday, March 01, 2012 6:38 AM
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  • Thank you for you response. I added the column of the download status to the view, that's exactly what I was looking for.

    Some updates, even small, take a long time to be downloaded... I guess this is because Microsoft Servers are busy.

    Thank to both of you.

    Best regards.


    Matteo, .NET Developer and System Engineer

    Monday, March 05, 2012 9:06 AM