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[Tutorial] Configuring WSUS Server Role on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2


Today I am going to install WSUS (Windows Update) role on Windows Server 2012. The same guide will help you to Install WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2.
What Is WSUS?
WSUS is a server role included with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 and WSUS downloads and distributes Windows updates,service pack, critical updates to Windows Desktops and Servers operating Systems.
Click here to Install Windows Server Update Services on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Lets start with WSUS Configuration on Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2.  Open Server Manager->Tools-> Windows Server Update Services to open Windows Server Update Services console.
First time when you open Windows Server Update Services console,Windows Server Update Services Configuration Wizard  will launch. On the Before You Begin page, click Next to proceed.
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On the Join the Microsoft Update Improvement Program, click Next.
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Click on the Synchronize from Microsoft Update option and then click Next.
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On the Specify Proxy Server settings, keep the defaults as it’s click Next
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On the Connect to Upstream Server option, click on Start Connecting. This step will take few minutes and then click Next.
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On the Choose Languages, Select your Language and click Next
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On the Choose Products , choose your exiting Windows Products in my case Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2013, etc and click Next
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On the Choose Classifications , choose Critical Updates, Service Packs, Security Updates and Definition updates (for Microsoft Forefront Antivirus)click Next.
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On the Set Sync Schedule, choose Synchronize Automatically, as it will automatically download updates daily at 1:00 AM in the morning then click Next.
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Click Next to Finnish the WSUS Configuration
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Open Server Manager->Tools-> Windows Server Update Services to open Windows Server Update Services console.
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Now click Options->Automatic Approvals. Automatic Approvals is used to automatically approve the installation of updates for selected groups and how to approve revisions to exiting updates.
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I have created one Automatic Approval Rule  to approve updates automatically.
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Now we will need to create Group policy, so that all client machine will get updates directly from WSUS server. I have created Group policy for my all computers in a network and under Specify intranet Microsoft update service location GPO I have specified my WSUS server URL e.g. http://vmwareandme.com:8530   Note – 8530 is port of WSUS server, which will be same for all.
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I have configured below WSUS GPO policies on my Server.
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