Configure WSUS by Using the WSUS Administration Console


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

This topic describes how to configure the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2 settings by using the WSUS Administration Console. You must configure WSUS directly after you install the WSUS server software on a computer.

You can alternatively configure WSUS by using the WSUS server configuration wizard. For more information about this option, see Configure WSUS by Using the WSUS Server Configuration Wizard.


We recommend that you use the WSUS server configuration wizard the first time that you configure WSUS.

This topic includes a procedure to start the WSUS Administration Console after it is installed. The WSUS Administration Console is installed on the WSUS server when you install the WSUS server software. You can also install the WSUS Administration Console on other computers in the same or in a trusted domain. For more information about how to install the WSUS Administration Console, see Install the WSUS 3.0 SP2 Administration Console in this deployment guide.

Open the WSUS Administration Console

Members of the local Administrators group (or the WSUS Administrators group on the server on which WSUS is installed) can use all the features of the WSUS Administration Console. Members of the WSUS Reporters group have read-only access to the WSUS Administration Console, and read-only access to the WSUS data.

For more information about WSUS administrators, see Create WSUS administrators in this deployment guide.

To open the WSUS Administration Console

  1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has the permissions described earlier in this topic.

  2. Click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Server Update Services.


If you install the WSUS Administration Console on a computer that is running a client operating system (such as Windows 7), the Start menu might not display Administrative Tools. If Administrative Tools does not display in All Programs, perform the following procedure:

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