How to Monitor WSUS Server?

A WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server provides the functionalities required to manage and distribute updates from a management console. A WSUS server can also act as a source of updates for other WSUS servers in the organization. In a WSUS implementation, at least one WSUS server on the network must be able to connect to Microsoft Update to obtain information about available updates.

Monitoring WSUS is important for several reasons:

  • Security Patch Management: WSUS helps ensure that systems are up-to-date with the latest security patches released by Microsoft.
  • System Stability and Performance: Updates provided by WSUS can include also bug fixes and performance enhancements.
  • Compliance Requirements: Many organizations are subject to regulatory compliance requirements that mandate regular software updates to maintain security and data integrity.

With i-Vertix IT Monitoring WSUS server monitoring becomes easy. Thanks to the WINDOWS plugin, it is possible to monitor not only classic aspects of the operating system (CPU, Memory, Disk, Process, etc.)  but also important WSUS statistics and health.

Here are some examples of monitored metrics:

WSUS Server Statistics:

Administrators can gain insights into the update management process, ensure that client computers receive necessary updates in a timely manner, maintain the health and efficiency of the WSUS server, and address any issues or discrepancies that may arise during the update lifecycle.

Monitored Metrics:

  • Computers: The total number of client computers or devices that are registered with the WSUS server.
  • Updates: The total number of updates available in the WSUS server’s update repository.
  • Approved Updates: The number of updates that have been approved by administrators for deployment to client computers.
  • Declined Updates: The number of updates that have been explicitly declined by administrators.
  • Not Approved Updates: The number of updates that have not been approved for deployment to client computers.

WSUS Computers Status:

Allows administrators to ensure that client computers are receiving updates as expected, troubleshoot any issues with update deployment, and maintain the overall security and compliance of the network.

  • Computers Up to Date: The number of client computers that have successfully installed and are up-to-date with all approved updates deployed by the WSUS server.
  • Computers Needing Updates: The number of client computers that have pending updates awaiting installation.
  • Computers with Update Errors: The number of client computers that encountered errors or issues during the update installation process.
  • Computers Not Contacted: The number of client computers that have not communicated with the WSUS server within a specified timeframe. These computers may be offline, disconnected from the network, or experiencing communication problems with the WSUS server.
  • Computers Unassigned: The number of client computers that are not assigned to any specific computer group within the WSUS server’s organizational structure.

WSUS Synchronization Status:

Refers to the process by which a A WSUS server refreshes its catalog of available updates through synchronization with Microsoft Update servers or an upstream WSUS server. During synchronization, the WSUS server retrieves information about new updates, including metadata, files, and classifications, from the source server.

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