WSUS and Windows Update RRS feed

  • Question

  • In a workgroup environment, no domain, no group policy, cannot configure registry key on the client.

    From my management machine I want to run a powershell script to download patches from a specific patch group in wsus onto this new machine and install the patches.

    How can I achieve this with Powershell?
    How do I approve patches using powershell.

    • Edited by teddybear88 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:02 AM
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:54 AM


  • Hi VicVmware,

    In my expression, you want to download patches from WSUS server to a workgroup hasn't configured WSUS client.

    We can approve patches on WSUS server with Powershell script in this thread:

    Approve patches in WSUS by powershell

    $updatescope = New-Object Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.UpdateScope
    $updatescope.FromCreationDate = [datetime]"3/13/2012 5:00:00 PM"
    $Group = $wsus.GetComputerTargetGroups() | where {$_.Name -eq 'TestGroup'}
    $wsus.GetUpdates($UpdateScope) | ForEach {
        Write-Host ("Approving {0} for {1}" -f $_.Title,$Group.Name) -Fore Green -Back Black

    However, if you haven't configured the WSUS client, it's also difficult to download patches from WSUS server via script.

    In addition, for a workgroup you can try to manually download patches from here:


    If there is anything else regarding this issue, please feel free to post back.

    Best Regards,

    Anna Wang

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    • Proposed as answer by AnnaWY Tuesday, April 7, 2015 10:49 AM
    • Marked as answer by AnnaWY Friday, April 10, 2015 6:52 AM
    Friday, March 27, 2015 6:30 AM

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