Category Archives: Server 2012

How to connect a client computer to WSUS 2012

In previous iterations of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), your group policy would point to your WSUS server with the following:

http://<server name>

eg: http://wsus

But now, with WSUS in server 2012, you have to specify the port number. The port number is 8530. So in your group policy, you would specify the following:


eg: http://wsus:8530

Once you have refreshed your local group policy or allowed it to apply itself overtime, you will then be able to receive updates from your local WSUS 2012 server.


How to successfully install Windows Internal Database onto Server 2012

If you are like me and you have tried to install the Windows Internal Database as part of the WSUS role in Server 2012, you would have come across this error message after a while:


Of course, your first instinct is to reboot as suggested. After a reboot, um, it has not installed. You try and try again – same result. After a lot of cursing and swearing, a search using Google found a result. Try this:

  1. Open up your domain group policy editor.
  2. Navigate to the Default Domain Policy
  3. Navigate to Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policy -> User Rights Assignment
  4. Find the “Log on as a service” policy and edit it.
  5. Click on “Add user or group” button.
  6. Add the following users: IIS_WPG, NETWORK, NETWORK SERVICE, SERVICE
  7. Got to your Server 2012 box and open an elevated command prompt.
  8. Type in: gpupdate /force. Wait for it to successfully complete
  9. Now try and install the WID or WSUS.

You should now have successfully completed the install.


Windows Server 2012 Unstable

Well I have been trying to install and run the new Windows Server 2012 recently, both in a virtual environment and a physical. But I am finding that it is very unstable.

There are two main areas that are causing my head to hurt:

  1. The new SERVER MANAGER seems to have a mind of it’s own. Sometimes it starts without a problem, other times it does not start at all. Very frustrating especially as this is where most of your work gets done in Server 2012
  2. Windows Update is really bad. Most of the time it just appears with a blank screen and if you close it down and try again, it does the same thing. Even when you shot down the server, it takes forever to do this as it is waiting on the update services to complete. I did manage to download a 170MB update for Server 2012 – hoping that this would solve my problem, but it did not.

Stay tuned for more Windows Server 2012 postings.


Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Server 2012