In the first part of this How To guide, we installed Windows Server Update Services on Windows Home Server 2011. Then in the second part, we set up our network computers to work with WSUS. With those two steps done, you can configure WSUS to support update delivery on your network computers.
Let’s start by logging on to your home server using a remote desktop connection. Now open the WSUS Administration Console. You can do this by clicking on ‘Windows Server Update Services‘ in the ‘Administrative Tools’ folder.
1. Set Up Your Computer Groups
This step will allow us to create a group policy for your computers. This policy will push updates to your computers based on the rules you create for each group. This could include a TEST group, DEV group, or a Home group – what you name the group should have meaning to understand the purpose of the group. You could have a PRODUCTION group, that will not push updates until you approve the updates. For my network, I created an ‘APPROVED-GRP’ where all of my network computers will have updates pushed automatically.
In the Left Pane, Open your Server, Open Computers, Open All Computers. Now click on the ‘Add Computer Group‘ in the Right pane.
Give your Group a name. I choose ‘Approved-Grp’. Now click Add.
This brings us back to the Admin Snap-in. Highlight the ‘Unassigned Computers‘ group, in the center pane, change the ‘Status‘ drop-down box to ‘Any’, and click the ‘Refresh‘ button.
Now, right-click on each computer and select ‘Change Membership‘ to move the computer to your automatic approval group.
Check the group to which you want to place the computer and click OK.
Click Refresh to see that your computers are no longer in the ‘Unassigned Computer’ group.
Highlight the ‘Approved-Grp’ group, and change the ‘Status‘ drop-down box to ‘Any‘, and click the ‘Refresh‘ button. Notice that your computers are now in the new group.