Use the Windows Update Agent Maintenance and Repair task to execute diagnostic and remediation functions on remote Windows Update Agents. In a standard WSUS environment, these functions are only available at the command line, and can only be executed on one system at a time.
The Windows Update Agent Maintenance and Repair task consists of two sections:
The task contains several options within this section. The following are the most notable and frequently used.
This option expires the client-side targeting cookie, which resets the connection to the WSUS server. Use this option when changing clients' group memberships on the WSUS server, or if you identify duplicate client IDs.
Flush Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) cache
This option cancels all pending downloads on the client system. Use this option to remove previously-approved updates from the download queue when you remove their approvals.
Reset Windows Update Agent SUS Client ID
This option resets the client system's client ID. Use this option when cloning a system from one that has already registered with WSUS.
Use the options in this section to maintain, install, or reinstall the Windows Update Agent on one or more remote systems. If you choose to install or reinstall the agent, consider the following:
Note: Microsoft shipped Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with a new version of the Windows Update Agent (WUAgent): v7.5. The current version of the WUAgent for these operating systems is 7.6. If you use this tool to update the WUAgent for these operating systems, be sure to use the current installer, as it addresses a defect in the v7.5 agent.
The following notes apply to the remaining three options in this section: