Join Brien Posey for an in-depth discussion in this video Deploy software updates using WSUS, part of Windows 10: Plan and Implement Software Updates.
- [Instructor] In order to deploy updates through WSUS you have to approve those updates for installation. And that's really easy to do. So what we're going to do is go through the WSUS console and we're going to go to updates and then all updates. And this is going to provide us with a list of all of the updates that are available for installation. So, let's say that we wanted to make this update right here available for install. What we would do, is right-click on the update and click approve. We could also decline the update if we didn't want this update to be applied.
But maybe we want to get a little bit more information about the update before we approve it. We've got a number of informational options here. The first one being Revision History. If I click on revision history, we can see the update title, we can see the revision number, and we can tell that this one was last revised in April of 2015 and that I have not yet approved this one for installation. So I'm going to go ahead and close. And I'm going to right click on the update once again and this time I'm going to take a look at the update's file information.
And when I do that I can see the underlying file name, I can see the file URI, I can see the file type, the file size, when the file was last modified, and the languages that are supported by the file. So I'll go ahead and click close. And now I'm going to right click on the update once again, and take a look at the status report for the update. Now the status report gives a lot of information, and a lot of this information has to do with the update actually being applied. So right here you can see down at the bottom the status summary for this particular update and we can see the update failed to install on zero computers, the update's needed by zero computers, and the update is installed or not applicable on zero computers.
And the update has no status for zero computers. So this information is essentially empty, and realistically I would expect that because I haven't actually approved the update to be installed. But let's take a look at what else we got here. If we go up to the top, we can see the update name and then we can see a description of the update beneath that. So we have description. This driver was provided by DisplayLink Corporation for support of DisplayLink Display Adaptor. We can also see that this update is classified as a driver and we can see that the products that it supports are Windows 10 and later, upgrade and servicing drivers.
We also have an MSRC severity rating, which is unspecified. We have an MSRC number, which there is none in this case. we can get more information by following this weblink right here and then down here we have groups and we have approvals, deadlines, and we have an administrator column. So we can see that for the all computers group, the update is not approved. So there's no deadline because it hasn't been approved. And there's no approval set for the administrator. So this is the type of information that you can get for an individual update.
So I'm going to go ahead and close this out. And I'm going to go ahead and approve this update. So I'm going to right-click on the update, and I'm going to click on approve. And so at this point the update is approved and we'll need to refresh the display. So after I click approve there's a bit of a delay. And then I'm taken to the approve updates dialog box. And so now I have to choose where I want to approve the update for. So we have unassigned computers, and then we have all computers. So I'm going to approve the update for both.
So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to click on this down arrow, and I'm goin to say approve for install. And then I'm going to go up here and I'm also going to click approve for install. And click OK. And we can see that we have a success result. I'll go ahead and click close. And now, if we look, the approval column has changed from not approved, to install two out of two, indicating that this update is now approved for install. So now as clients come on, and they detect that they need this particular update, that update will be approved for the client to install.
So that's how you approve an update for deployment in the Windows Server Update Services.
- Deploying updates manually
- Monitoring deployments
- Configuring automatic deployment rules
- Analyzing log files
- Approving and declining updates in Intune
- Deploying software from SCCM, WSUS, and Intune