Viewing the Updates

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server Update Services

On the Updates page, you can do the following:

  • View updates. The update overview displays updates that have been synchronized from the update source to your WSUS server and are available for approval.

  • Filter updates. In the default view you can filter updates by approval status and installation status. The default setting is for unapproved updates that are needed by some clients or that have had installation failures on some clients. You can change this view by changing the approval status and installation status filters, and then clicking Refresh.

  • Create new update views. In the Actions pane, click New Update View. You can filter updates by classification, product, the group for which they have been approved, and synchronization date. You can sort the list by clicking the appropriate column heading in the title bar.

  • Search for updates. You can search for an individual update or set of updates by title, description, Knowledge Base article, or the Microsoft Security Response Center number for the update.

  • View details, status, and revision history for each update.

  • Approve updates.

  • Decline updates.

To view updates

  1. In the WSUS administration console, expand the Updates node, and then click All Updates.

  2. By default, updates are displayed with their title, classification, installed/not applicable percentage, and approval status. If you wish to display more or different update properties, right-click the column heading bar and select the appropriate columns.

  3. To sort by different criteria, such as download status, title, classification, release date, or approval status, click the appropriate column heading.

To filter the list of updates displayed on the Updates page

  1. In the WSUS administration console, expand the Updates node, and then click All Updates.

  2. In the center pane next to Approval, select the desired approval status, and next to Status select the desired installation status. Click Refresh.

To create a new update view

  1. In the WSUS administration console, expand the Updates node, and then click All Updates.

  2. In the Actions pane, click New Update View.

  3. In the Add Update View window, under Step 1: Select properties, select the properties you need to filter the update view:

    • Select Updates are in a specific classification to filter on updates belonging to one or more update classifications.

    • Select Updates are for a specific product to filter on updates for one or more products or product families.

    • Select Updates are approved for a specific group to filter on updates approved for one or more computer groups.

    • Select Updates were synchronized within a specific time period to filter on updates synchronized at a specific time.

    • Select Updates are WSUS updates to filter on WSUS updates.

  4. Under Step 2: Edit the properties, click the underlined words to pick the values you want.

  5. Under Step 3: Specify a name, give your new view a name.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Your new view will appear in the tree view pane under Updates. It will be displayed, like the standard views, in the center pane when you select it.

To search for an update

  1. Select the Updates node (or any node under it).

  2. In the Actions pane, click Search.

  3. In the Search window, on the Updates tab, enter your search criteria. You can use text from the Title, Description, and Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article number fields. Each of these items is a property listed on the Details tab in the update properties.

To view the properties for an update

  1. In the WSUS administration console, expand the Updates node, and then click All Updates.

  2. In the list of updates, click the update you want to view.

  3. In the lower pane, you will see the different property sections:

    • The title bar displays the title of the update; for example, Security Update for Windows Media Player 9 (KB911565).

    • The Status section displays the installation status of the update (the computers on which it needs to be installed, computers on which it was installed with errors, computers on which it has been installed or is not applicable, and computers that have not reported status for the update), as well as general information (KB and MSRC numbers release date, etc.).

    • The Description section displays a brief description of the update.

    • The Additional Details section displays the following information:

    1. The installation behavior of the update (whether or not it is removable, requests a restart, requires user input, or must be installed exclusively)

    2. Whether or not the update has Microsoft Software License Terms

    3. The products to which the update applies

    4. The updates that supersede this update

    5. The updates that are superseded by this update

    6. The languages supported by the update

    7. The update ID


You can perform this procedure on only one update at a time. If you select multiple updates, the first update in the list will be displayed in the Properties pane.