WSUS: The Windows Server Update Services Role should be installed

Published: April 27, 2010

Updated: July 19, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

This information is intended to address a specific issue identified prior to running a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that will have the Windows Server Upgrade Services (WSUS) Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about Best Practices Analyzer and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer on Microsoft TechNet.


Operating System

Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012


Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2)





The Windows Server Update Services Role is not installed.

The WSUS Best Practices Analyzer scan will not run unless the WSUS Role is installed on the machine.

Install the WSUS Role through Server Manager.

After you verify that the server meets the minimum system requirements and that the necessary account permissions were granted, install WSUS 3.0 SP2. Start the installation of WSUS 3.0 SP2 by using Server Manager.

For detailed installation instructions, see Step 2: Install WSUS Server or Administration Console on Microsoft TechNet or download the Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 Step By Step Guide from the Microsoft Download Center.

Community Additions