Applying WSUS for Clients Manually

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The process for applying changes to use SSL manually on clients is not as easy as changing it on a GPO.To address various client types, the following procedure assumes a Windows 2000 client:

1. Click Start I Run.

2. Next, open the registry editor.Type regedit in the Run window.

3. Drill down into the tree to the following subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Sqfiware\Policies\Microsofi\Windows\WindowsUpdaie.

4. Double-click

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\ WindowsUpdate.

5. In the main window, the following keys appear: (Default), WUServer, and WUStatusServer (see Figure 8.16).

Figure 8.16 WSUS Registry Keys

Figure 8.16 WSUS Registry Keys

Windows Update Services Name
6. Open the WUServer and WUStatusServer keys one at a time, and change the value to https://<server> where <server> is the name of your WSUS server.

7. Close the registry editor.

The downside is that you have to perform this on each client. Once the change is made, however, the clients will begin using the SSL site on their next update.


Importing a Registry Key

If walking around to each client sounds painful, you can always export the appropriate keys from a sample system and import them into the rest of your clients. You could try e-mailing the key, but most e-mail clients strip registry keys. Alternatively, you could write a simple batch file for importing.

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