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As a best practice, select Create a Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Web site so that IIS hosts the WSUS 3.0 services in a dedicated website instead of sharing the same website with other Configuration Manager site systems or other software applications.

When you use a custom website for WSUS 3.0, WSUS configures port 8530 for HTTP and port 8531 for HTTPS.

In this post we will see the steps on how to deploy software updates using SCCM 2012 R2, if you are looking for SCCM 2012 R2 step by step guides click here.

There are 2 ways to deploy software updates using SCCM 2012 R2, Manual and Automatic.

To stay protected against cyber-attacks and malicious threats it is very important that you keep the computers patched with latest software updates.

Software updates in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager provides a set of tools and resources that can help manage the complex task of tracking and applying software updates to client computers in the enterprise.

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All indications were that they were communicating, with some even showing up as having new updates.

I hope this may save someone else the headache it caused me.

It should be noted you will have to use an Administrative Command Prompt to run the commands above.

Talking about software updates, in SCCM 2012 R2 there are few new features added which includes a new maintenance window dedicated for software updates installation.

This lets you configure a general maintenance window and a different maintenance window for software updates.


  1. Maybe we need some more details here is the client on the 2012 R2 failing or the WSUS server installed on this server? If its the client, please attach the corresponding C\WINDOWS.

  2. I realize this is an older question, but still might benefit others. WSUS only tells you what the "Windows Update Agent" tells it. So usually, to troubleshoot update problems on clients, you need to troubleshoot them on the client

  3. I currently have WSUS 3.2 running on Win2k8 non-connected network system. I previously had it set up on a Win2k3 server and all of the clients

  4. WSUS Offline Update is a free tool that can help you keep Windows clients and servers patched and updated.

  5. Clients can get updates from WSUS, but they are all unable to report status. Last Status Report times stopped updating for all clients several hours ago.

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