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Windows Home Editions and WSUS

By roberta ·
Hi,
I have a feeling that this isn't possible, but I'd like to configure some Windows XP Home, and Vista Home Basic installations to update using a WSUS server. Basically to save on bandwidth.

Anyone have any ideas?

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I don't believe that this is possible

by OH Smeg In reply to Windows Home Editions and ...

M$ doesn't have any listings on their Knowledge base for this and as the Home Versions of Windows can not be added to a Domain I do not think that it is possible to do this.

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This is no problem, regedit or gpedit.msc local policy

by Churdoo In reply to Windows Home Editions and ...

Clients do not need to be a member of a Domain to update via a WSUS server. You simply need to touch each machine to apply the settings either via regedit or by editing the local machine GP.

Check this article
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708449.aspx

I have a .reg file with all my WSUS settings which I carry on a USB flash drive to import the .reg settings on all my non-domain WSUS clients quickly and easily.

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WSUS client sample .reg file

by Churdoo In reply to This is no problem, reged ...

Here's a sample .reg file I carry on my USB flash drive:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"TargetGroup"="XXXXXX"
"TargetGroupEnabled"=dword:00000001
"WUServer"="http://wsus.mydomain.com:8530"
"WUStatusServer"="http://wsus.mydomain.com:8530"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"AUOptions"=dword:00000004
"NoAutoUpdate"=dword:00000000
"ScheduledInstallDay"=dword:00000000
"ScheduledInstallTime"=dword:00000002
"UseWUServer"=dword:00000001


I believe the minimum options are:
WUServer
WUStatusServer
UseWUServer
AUOptions

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708449.aspx

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WSUS client sample .reg file

by roberta In reply to WSUS client sample .reg f ...

Brilliant! Tried out the registry keys above, with a few tweaks based on the technet article, and all sorted! I wasn't sure that it was going to work on Vista Home Basic, but I've checked the test machine today (after it would have synced over the weekend) and it's showing in the WSUS console. Now I just have to approve some updates and hope that they roll out. Thanks!

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