Why does WSUS approve for ALL the groups? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a 2016 WSUS and 4 computer groups. When I approve updates for a certain group it updates ALL the groups regardless if I pick a certain group or not. 

    Meaning, I have group A,B & C. If I approve updates for group B only A & C get the updates as well. 

    Why is this happening? The whole purpose is to test the updates first on a test PC before you send everything to your production environment...right?

    What am I missing?

    Friday, September 6, 2019 1:41 AM

All replies

  • 1. Create tests OU on active directory

    2. Move your test PC into test OU

    3. Check your group policy settings whether them applied or not correctly

    4. Create test Group on WSUS

    5. Approve updates into that as per below video

    Select update list which you want to approve ->

    right click on that ->

    Select Approve from pop-up window ->

    Then Expand Computer Group ->

    Select your Test group(the group you need to install) ->

    Select Approved for Install

    for more,

    Friday, September 6, 2019 2:12 AM
  • Hi,

    Based on your description, I recommend starting with the following:

    1. A computer may be marked in multiple groups, please make sure that the computers you mentioned are in the specified group.

    2. If the client in this situation is using a Windows 10 system, this will trigger a dual scan feature when you configure any of the "Windows Update for Business" group policies. This will cause some updates to be received directly via Windows Update. 
      You can consider adjusting Group Policy to block:
      - Adjust any of the "Windows Update for Business" policies to "Not Configured."
      - Adjust the policy of "Turn off access to all Windows Update features" to "Enabled." (Group Policy Location: System/Internet Communication Management/Internet Communication settings)

    Reply back with the results would be happy to help.


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    Friday, September 6, 2019 2:33 AM
  • Hi,

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    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:23 AM
  • Hi,

    I am writing here to confirm current situation.

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    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3:01 AM