Disable WSUS on SBS 2008 or 2011
Why you should Disable WSUS on SBS 2008 or 2011 ?
At time you may need to disable WSUS on SBS2008 or 2011 rather then uninstalling as on a SBS 2008/2011 server all the components like Exchange, SharePoint, WSUS, etc. are linked with SBS Console. If we uninstall any of the above components from the SBS 2008/2011 server, we may come across SBS Console crashing issues.
Hence, to avoid this situation, its recommend disabling the component instead of removing/uninstalling them.
How to Disable WSUS on SBS 2008/SBS 2011:
- Log into the server.
- Go to Services.msc
- Right click on “Update Services”
- Select “Stop”.
- After stopping it select “Disable”
- Click OK.
- Now go to GPMC.msc
- Expand “Forest -> Domains –> Domain Name –> Group Policy Objects”
- Right click “Update Services Client Computer Policy”.
- Select “All settings disabled”.
- Repeat Steps 9 and 10 for
Update Services Common Settings Policy
- Run “gpupdate /force” on the server once.
- Open registry editor in elevated command prompt :Run as administrator : regedit
- Navigate through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
If the above key does not exist, please create the new keys as required. [Note : May need to create WindowsUpdate and AU keys]
- Create new DWORD(32 bit) Value “UseWUServer ” without quote.
Set the value as 0 .
- Exit from regedit.
Steps to detach the WSUS Database
- Launch SQL Server Management Studio Express console as an administrator. It is located under Start > Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2005 > SQL Server Management Studio Express.
- Fill in the following information and then click Connect
Server type: Database Engine
Authentication: Windows Authentication
- Expand Databases and right-click on SUSDB and select Tasks > Detach… from the context menu.
- Select the “Drop Connection” checkbox and click OK.
- Restart the windows update service.
- Close all the windows and log off from the server.
About Author :
Special Thanks to Nikhil for the Review and information . He is working as Small Business Server Expert and supported Microsoft Client. He loves to help other and learn new things. He is keen to explore new opportunity on all front of life.