Disable WSUS on SBS 2008 or 2011

Disable WSUS on SBS 2008 or 2011

Why you should Disable WSUS on SBS 2008 or 2011 ?

At time you may need to disable WSUS on SBS2008 or 2011 rather than uninstalling as on a SBS 2008/2011 server all the components like Exchange, SharePoint, WSUS, etc. are linked with SBS Console. If we uninstall any of the above components from the SBS 2008/2011 server, we may come across SBS Console crashing issues.

Hence, to avoid this situation, its recommend disabling the component instead of removing/uninstalling them.

How to Disable WSUS on SBS 2008/SBS 2011:

  • Log into the server.
  • Go to Services.msc
  • Right click on “Update Services”
  • Select “Stop”.
  • After stopping it select “Disable”
  • Click OK.


  • Now go to GPMC.msc
  • Expand “Forest  -> Domains –> Domain Name –> Group Policy Objects”
  • Right click “Update Services Client Computer Policy”.
  • Select  “All settings disabled”.
  • Repeat Steps 9 and 10 for

Update Services Common Settings Policy

Update Services Server Computers PolicyGroup Policy Changes for WSUS Disable

  • Run “gpupdate /force” on the server once.GroupPolicy change update -Wsus
  • Open registry editor in elevated command prompt :Run as administrator : regedit
  • Navigate through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdateAU
    If the above key does not exist, please create the new keys as required. [Note : May need to create WindowsUpdate and AU keys]
  • Create new DWORD(32 bit) Value “UseWUServer ” without quote.
    Set the value as 0 .
  • Exit from regedit.Registry changes required for WSUS Disable

Disable WSUS Administration and WSUSPool  from application pool from IIS Manger

  1. Open Internet information Services (IIS) Manger.
  2. Select Application Pools in the Right pane and then select WsusPool .
  3. Click on Stop in the Application Pool Tasks if its running  under Actions .


application pool stop

On the same page ,after disabling WsusPool from application pools, select WSUS Administration and stop the same from Actions

WSUS Administation

Steps to detach the WSUS Database

  1. Launch SQL Server Management Studio Express console as an administrator. It is located under Start > Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2005 > SQL Server Management Studio Express.
  2. Fill in the following information and then click Connect
    Server type: Database Engine
    Servername: \.pipeMSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEEsqlquery
    Authentication: Windows Authentication

SQL Server 2005 Login Prompt

SQL Server 2005 Login Prompt

  1. Expand Databases and right-click on SUSDB and select Tasks > Detach… from the context menu.

SQL Server 2005 Database

SQL Server 2005 Database

  1. Select the “Drop Connection” checkbox and click OK.

WSUS Database Drop Connection

WSUS Database Drop Connection

  1. Restart the windows update service.
  2. Close all the windows and log off from the server.


From: http://sangnak.com/disable-wsus-on-sbs-2008-or-2011/



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