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Install updates to a WSUS/PM Computer Group with Update Management Wizard

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Created by Brandon Painter, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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This article describes how to install updates to your machines using the Update Management Wizard. Update Management Wizard is designed to install the updates that the WUA has marked as NEEDED, and you can decide whether to install only Approved updates or ALL updates that it believes are needed. The only limitation, if you select to install ALL Needed regardless of approval, will be that some WSUS configurations only download the content of the updates for Approved Updates.


NOTE: Make sure to read each option completely before you select it to run on the system.


  • All versions of Patch Manager
  • All versions of WSUS


  1. Go to Enterprise > Update Services > Your WSUS > Computers and Groups and select the group you wish to target or if there is one system only find that machine in it's WSUS group or Managed Computers.
    1. you can also target a Patch Manager group by expanding Microsoft Windows Network > Select the Patch Manager group you want to target Enterprise > Update Services > Your WSUS > Computers and Groups > Computer Group > Select the machine in the Middle Pane, then in the Actions Pane select  Update Management Wizard.
    2. If you wish to target a single machine you can utilize this task by going to 
  2. In the Actions Pane, click Update Management Wizard.
  3. The Options screen allows you to determine certain actions to take for the update, select the best option for your environment, and then Next.
  4. On the Classifications screen you can click next or manipulate as desired then click Next.
  5. In the Advanced Options you can select your Reboot options and a few other items, so be sure to check to see if there are any options you may want to use then click Finish. This will launch the Task Options Wizard.
  6. Your WSUS group or the computer you selected should already appear in the list, if you wish to add more you can Select Computer using rules (if the task was targeted to a WSUS group) and add more groups.
  7. In the Scheduling and Notification Options screen, you can set this to Run Task Now or schedule it to run at a later date or on a recurrence. You can also export the results of the task and have them to be saved on the PM server or emailed to whomever you desire. After this, click Next.
  8. Click Finish.


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