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Synchronize the WSUS server with Microsoft Update

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Jan 26, 2018

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Microsoft® Update provides the latest Microsoft operating system updates for your managed computers. Use the Synchronize Server task to synchronize the WSUS server with the  Microsoft Update website. The task schedules a job that contacts the Microsoft Update website, retrieves the latest Microsoft operating system updates, and stores the updates on the WSUS server. 

For example, if you need to apply the latest Windows operating system updates to your managed systems, run the Synchronized Server task and schedule the WSUS server to synchronize with the Microsoft Updates site each day. After Microsoft publishes an operating system update, publish and install the update to the managed systems. 

Synchronize the WSUS server each day so you have the latest critical and security Windows updates for the managed systems. 

You can review the server synchronization information in the Details  tab located at Enterprise > Update Services > Your WSUS Server.


Schedule regular synchronization tasks for your WSUS servers to ensure they always have the latest updates.

  1. Log in to SolarWinds Patch Manager as an administrator.
  2. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Enterprise > Update Services.
  3. Right-click the WSUS server and select Synchronize Server.
    In this example, SPM-MGOM is the WSUS server.
  4. Click Browse computers in the Task Options Wizard.
  5. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Update Service Servers and select the WSUS server.
  6. Click Add Selected to add the WSUS server to the list, and then click OK.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Enter a name and description of the task. 
  9. Select Schedule the task to run daily, weekly, or monthly in the Scheduled Settings box, and then click Edit. 
  10. In the Schedule Time box, select a day and time. Select Universal Time for Greenwich Mean Time.
  11. In the Recurrence pattern box, select when the WSUS server synchronizes with Windows Update. 
  12. Set the Range of recurrence to No end date to ensure that the WSUS server synchronization procedure never stops, and then click OK.
    The settings display in the Schedule Settings box.
  13. Complete the Task Options Wizard, and click Next. 
    A summary of the task settings display in the window.
  14. Click Finish.
    The Windows Update synchronization schedule task is created.

Verify the synchronization status

  1. Click the WSUS server in the Patch Manager menu.
  2. In the Details tab, check the Synchronization Status.
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