Ensure proper permissions configuration Another instance of WSUS malfunction may be the result of an NTFS permissions problem.
Occasionally, you may find that your Group Policy settings appear to be configured correctly, but that WSUS still isn't working properly.
The WSUS server downloads updates from Microsoft Update and distributes the updates to servers and clients in your network.
For some administrators, this alone is reason enough to use WSUS—you save on update bandwidth by a factor of the number of clients.
This particular Group Policy setting must be enabled.
You want WSUS to make your clients compatible, but they are not compatible with WSUS.
Keep in mind that if you are automatically downloading the updates and scheduling the installation, then you might get the illusion that WSUS isn't working because the users are never prompted to install any updates.
The Specify Intranet Microsoft Update Service Location setting is the other critical Group Policy setting to be aware of.
Of the fifteen Group Policy settings related to Windows Update, only two are critical when using WSUS.
The first of these settings is the Automatically Configure Updates setting.