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Migrating WSUS server from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012

    Question

  • I'd like to migrate my existing WSUS 3.0 from Windows Server 2008 R2 to a new Windows Server 2012 server. How can I do this without having to download all my updates again? I'd also like to keep my current config of client PC and servers etc.

    I can already manage WSUS on W2K8R2 from my new WS2012 server using the new Update Services console.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:04 AM

Answers

  • Get Code 80244019 on client when attempting to check for updates.


    WSUS on Windows Server 2012 installs to port 8530 by default -- be sure that you have appended the port number to the URL in the GPO.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2012)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin

    Friday, November 16, 2012 1:41 AM
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  • Hi, Stephen

    This procedure is described in technet documentation, take a look at

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852339.aspx

    Also there is another way, that much easier (i didn't  tested it with WS12, but i think, nothing can't prevent it)

    Install WSUS on your WS12

    Make new WSUS on WS12  a replica of your existing one (it synchronize updates and  inherits the update approvals and computer groups created on its parent WSUS administration server.)

    After successful update synchronization (metadata and update files), you can turn off/remove old WSUS  make new WSUS on WS12 as upstream and configure GP in order to assign you clients on new WSUS server.


    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:56 AM
  • I followed the technet article (took a while...). Now my issue is that the clients can't see the new WSUS server. I've updated the group policy and done the following on a client:

    gpupdate /force

    wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow

    wuauclt.exe /reportnow

    Get Code 80244019 on client when attempting to check for updates.

    Thursday, November 15, 2012 6:41 AM
  • Get Code 80244019 on client when attempting to check for updates.


    WSUS on Windows Server 2012 installs to port 8530 by default -- be sure that you have appended the port number to the URL in the GPO.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2012)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin

    Friday, November 16, 2012 1:41 AM
    Moderator
  • Yep, that fixed it. Thanks.
    Friday, November 16, 2012 2:52 AM
  • Great article, thank you.

    A word of caution if migrating from an existing WSUS server to a new WSUS server. I highly recommend that you DO NOT edit the WSUS address in your companies live GPO policy during business hours. We made this mistake, and within an hour or two we got a flood of helpdesk tickets that computers were basically slowed down to crawl. Upon inspection, the svchost.exe process was maxing out the memory of the machine, and the DQL on hard disk drives were running wild anywhere from 5 to 30! Apparently the client machines running an internal database check against the new WSUS server. What for exactly, I do not know, but it was 98% read activity in the C:\Windows\Installers directory. It took older client machines (Lenovo T420 and T440 laptops, older M73 desktops with aging hard disk drives) 15 minutes to 90 minutes to complete the check. Rebooting the machines would only pick up where it left off. We had to tell our employees to patiently wait it out. It was bad to the point where just to open task manager would take over a minute. We had to give some people laptops to work in the interim until the check completed. 

    Make the change over the weekend or after business hours!
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:22 PM