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Windows Server Update Services: Windows 2016 Servers does not show up on the WSUS console

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS): WSUS previously known as Software Update Services (SUS), is a computer program and network service developed by Microsoft Corporation that enables administrators to manage the distribution of updates and hotfixes released for Microsoft products to computers in a corporate environment. This happens most times because the servers are created from an AMI (never syspreped). For more information on PowerShell and USOClient commands, see https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/02/05/handy-windows-server-update-services-commands-wauaclt-powershell-and-usoclient/, How to apply Windows Updates from WSUS to the server using AWS RunCommand, How to Configure SSL between WSUS servers (Upstream and Downstream Servers), Handy WSUS Commands, Windows Server Update Services Commands, WAUACLT, PowerShell and USOClient, How to Start, Stop and Restart Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) via PowerShell and CMD, and WSUS clients appear and disappear from the WSUS Update Services console.

For more articles, I have written see the following links below
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- Important Areas to Master on WSUS (Installed and not applicable, Install 1/4, and Installed / Not applicable 100)
- Targeting WSUS Client with the Registry keys: How to configure WSUS Clients to get Updates from the WSUS server using Registry.

Note: All other servers are reporting to WSUS such as Windows Server 2008R2 and Server 2012 R2 but Windows Server 2016 does not.

Note: All registry keys are created on Server 2016 and there is connectivity between the WSUS server and the windows server.

Solution: Delete the SusClientID and SusClientIDvalidation keys from the registry. This is because the server was created from a clown (AMI) and new ones will be generated automatically.

Steps to fix Windows 2016 Servers does not show up on WSUS console

  • Stop windows update service
  • Delete SoftwareDistribution folder 
C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution folder

Run the commands below from the command line

wuauclt /resetauthorization /detectnow

And this as well

wuauclt /detectnow /reportnow

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