WSUS 3.0 SP2 Reports

Updated: July 19, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

You can use Reports in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2 to monitor the WSUS network, including updates, client computers, and downstream servers. If a WSUS server has replica servers, you can roll up client status information for the replica servers to the upstream server.

You can generate update reports from the following areas of the WSUS administration console:

  1. General reports on the Reports page.

  2. Reports about specific updates. (Right-click the update (or go to the Actions pane) and click Status Report.)

  3. Reports on specific computers. (Right-click the computer (or go to the Actions pane) and click Status Report.)

noteNote
Generating detailed reports for large numbers of computers and/or updates can be memory intensive. Detailed reports are most effective for subsets of computers or updates. If you must create a very large report, and you are concerned about CPU and memory resources on the WSUS server, you can generate the report on a non-WSUS server that has the WSUS administration console installed.

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You can generate of the following reports in WSUS:

 

Report name Function

Update Reports

View update status

Computer Reports

View computer status

Synchronization Reports

View the results of the last synchronization

Update reports provide the status of the updates. You can run update reports in the following ways: summary, detailed, tabular, and tabular for approved updates. You can filter an update report by update classification, product, target computer group, and update installation status.

An update report displays information about the most recent contact between client computers and the WSUS server. We recommend that you generate this report the day after you approve updates, so that it reflects the latest approvals.

noteNote
To immediately connect a client computer to a WSUS server, you can run the wuauclt /detectnow command. This command is mainly used to update the status for a particular computer. After you issue this command on the client computer, you can get the computer status by running an update status report. For more information about wuauclt, seeManage WSUS 3.0 SP2 from the Command Line.

  1. In the WSUS administration console, select the Reports node.

  2. In the Reports pane, click one of the options in the Update Reports section: Update Status Summary, Update Detailed Status, Update Tabular Status, or Update Tabular Status for Approved Updates.

  3. In the Updates Report window, you can select the updates that you want to see by classification, product, computer group, and update installation status.

  4. Click Run Report.

    noteNote
    See the Update Status Report Terminology for WSUS 3.0 SP2 section for information about the status values that are shown on the report.

  5. To change the view of an Update report to a detail, summary, or tabular view, click Report View in the Updates Report toolbar.

The Update Status Summary view contains the elements that are listed in the following table.

Elements displayed in the Update Status Summary view

Column name Description

Updates Report tree view

The tree that lists all the updates in the report.

Title

The title of the update.

Description

The description of the update.

Classification

The classification of the update.

Products

The products to which the update applies.

MSRC Severity Rating

Microsoft Security Response Center rating.

MSRC Number

Microsoft Security Response Center identification number.

More information

Redirection to the relevant website.

Approval Summary for Computer Group

The list of groups and approvals.

Group

The computer group.

Approval

Approval status (Approved, Not approved, Declined).

Deadline

The date by which the update must be installed.

Administrator

The administrative action.

You can roll up the computer and update status from replica servers to their upstream server.

  1. In the WSUS administration console on the upstream server, click Options, and then Reporting Rollup.

  2. Select the Roll up status from replica downstream servers check box, and then click OK.

noteNote
During the client scan, if the server detects that the client computer changed group membership (or name, IP address, or operating system version), it marks the client computer as needing a full rollup. The downstream server will roll up these changes to the upstream server during the next rollup after scan on the client computer.

Computer reports show you the status of computers. You can run computer reports in four ways: summary, detailed, tabular, and tabular for approved updates. You can also filter a computer report by update classification, product, target computer group, and update installation status.

  1. In the WSUS administrative console, select the Reports node.

  2. In the Reports pane, click one of the options in the Computer Reports section: Computer Status Summary, Computer Detailed Status, Computer Tabular Status, or Computer Tabular Status for Approved Updates.

  3. In the Computers Report window, you can select the updates that you want to see by classification, product, computer group, and update installation status.

    Note that for the Computer Tabular Status for Approved Updates report, the scope of the update approvals and the set of computers that are considered for the report is based on the selected target group.

    • The updates that are considered for the report are those for which the selected target group has direct or inherited approval for installation.

    • The computers that are considered for the report are those that are direct members of the selected target group, and optionally, its child target groups.

  4. Click Run Report.

  5. You can change the view of a Computer report to a detail, summary, or tabular view by clicking Report View in the Updates Report toolbar.

The Synchronization Results report enables you to see synchronization information for the WSUS server for a given time period, including errors that occurred during synchronization and a list of new updates. In addition, you can get general, status, and revision information for each new update.

  1. In the WSUS administrative console, click Reports.

  2. In the Reports pane, click Synchronization Results. By default, the report shows any synchronization that was done today.

  3. To change the synchronization period for the report, in the Synchronization Report window, click Between these dates and specify the dates that you want included in the report.

  4. Click Run Report.

The report has four components, which are described in the following table.

Components of the Synchronization Results report

Component name Purpose

Report Options

Shows the start and end dates of the period that is shown in the report, the date of the report, and the server for which the report was made.

Synchronization Summary

Displays summary information for the numbers of new, revised, and expired updates in each synchronization.

New Updates

Displays the new updates that have been synchronized to the WSUS server during the report's time period.

You can view the properties for each update by clicking the update. An update status report will be generated for that individual report.

Revised Updates

Displays the revised updates that have been synchronized to the WSUS server during the report's time period.

You can view the properties for each update by clicking the update. An update status report will be generated for that individual report.

Expired Updates

Displays the updates that have been expired during the report's time period.

You can print the report in update summary, detailed, or tabular views, depending on how you have formatted the update status report.

You can print a report in its original format, or you can export it to Microsoft Excel® or to a PDF format.

ImportantImportant
Exporting a large report can be extremely time consuming and may exceed your computer's memory resources. If you are planning to export a report, consider limiting the size of the report to 200 pages or fewer. You can use different filters to reduce the size of the report, or you can choose the tabular format rather than the detailed format to reduce the number of pages to export.

  1. Run the report you want to export.

  2. On the report toolbar, click the down arrow associated with the Save icon.

  3. You will see two options: Excel and Acrobat (PDF) file. Click one of the options.

You can customize WSUS reports as follows:

  1. Use the WSUS APIs to create a custom report.

  2. Use WSUS public views to create and extend custom reports.

For more information about WSUS APIs, see the Windows Server Update Services SDK on MSDN. You can use these APIs to create reports for updates, approvals, installation information, and such.

For more information about public views, in addition to sample queries, see the WSUS SDK conceptual documentation on MSDN. If you are using SQL Server as the WSUS database, you can use the SQL Server Report Builder to generate custom reports by using these views, or you can access the views from the command line.

If you are using Windows Internal Database as the WSUS database, you can access it through the command line if you download the Microsoft SQL Server Command Line Query Utility and the SQL Server Native Client. To download and install packages, seethe Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 in the Microsoft Download Center.

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