How to Start, Stop and Restart Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) via PowerShell and CMD

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.

For more articles I have written, see the following links below
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How to setup and configure Windows server update services (WSUS)
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– Targeting WSUS Client with the Registry keys: How to configure WSUS Clients to get Updates from the WSUS server using Registry settings
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
– Windows Server Update Services: Windows 2016 Servers does not show up on WSUS console,
WSUS clients appear and disappear from the WSUS Update Services console

The following commands below are used to restart Windows WSUS service using PowerShell and the Command Line (CLI) tool. Most times, you may encounter issues restarting Windows Services via the services.msc console, then using the CMD, will become very handy at this time. Using the command line is also very useful when configuring script for WSUS and to perform a WSUS management task.

The below commands are PowerShell syntax used to start, stop and restart WSUS service.

Restart the WSUS service

Restart-Service wsusservice

Start the WSUS service

Start-Service wsusservice

Stop the WSUS service

Stop-Service wsusservice

To view the status of the WSUS service

Get-Service wsusservice

The below commands are Command line syntax used to start, stop and restart WSUS service.

To stop WSUS service

net stop wsusservice

To start the WSUS Service

net start wsusservice
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