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Managing Client Computers

Applies To: Windows Server Update Services

WSUS enables you to manage the entire process of updating your computers, including manually and automatically determining which updates they need and receive, specifying when the updates are installed, and monitoring the status of update deployment on your computers.

The central access point in the WSUS console for managing computers is the Computers page, which displays a list of computers that have been configured to get updates from the WSUS server. The computers are displayed by computer group, and you can filter the computer list to a specific computer group. By selecting a computer in the list, you can view its properties, which include general details about the computer and the status of updates for it—for example, the installation or detection status of an update for a particular computer.

You can also manage computer groups on the Computers page, which includes creating the groups and assigning computers to them. For more information about managing computer groups, see Managing Computer Groups.

ImportantImportant
You must first set up a client computer to contact the WSUS server before you can manage it from that server. Until you perform this task, your WSUS server will not recognize your client computer, and will not display it in the computer list on the Computers page. For more information about setting up a client computer, see Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services.

A client computer can only be set to communicate with one WSUS server at a time. If you later change this setting and specify a different WSUS server, the client computer stops contacting the WSUS server specified earlier. However, the client computer will remain on the list of computers and in the computer groups specified on that earlier WSUS server. In addition, the original WSUS server will report the last time the client computer contacted it (which will be accurate—it will be before the client computer stopped connecting to it). To stop the client computer from displaying on the earlier specified WSUS server, you must remove the computer from the WSUS server.

The following are common tasks you can perform on the Computers page. Before you can add a computer to a computer group, you create computer groups. For information about creating computer groups, see Managing Computer Groups.

  1. On the WSUS console toolbar, click Computers.

  2. In Groups, click the computer group to which the computer currently belongs to.

  3. In the list of computers, click the computer for which you want to view properties.

  4. In the properties pane, do either of the following:

    • Click the Details tab for general information about the computer.

    • Click the Status tab for approval and update status for the computer.

  1. On the WSUS console toolbar, click Computers.

  2. In Groups, click the computer group to which the computer currently belongs.

  3. In the list of computers, click the computer that you want to move.

  4. Under Tasks, click Move selected computer.

  5. In the Computer group dialog box, click the computer group that you want to move the computer to, and then click OK.

noteNote
If your computer already belongs to a computer group, then after you perform this task it will belong to the new computer group you specify and not to the earlier computer group. However, it will remain a member of the All Computers group.

  1. On the WSUS console toolbar, click Computers.

  2. In Groups, click the computer group to which the computer currently belongs to.

  3. In the list of computers, click the computer you want to remove.

  4. Under Tasks, click Remove the selected computer, and then click OK.

noteNote
After you perform this task, you will not be able to manage update distribution for the client computer on the WSUS console, nor will the client computer will not be able to receive updates from the WSUS server.

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