Synchronize the WSUS server with the Microsoft Updates website

Run the Synchronize Server task on the WSUS Server to synchronize the server with the Microsoft® Updates website. The task schedules a job that contacts the website, retrieves the latest Microsoft operating system updates, and stores the updates on the WSUS server.

For example, you need to apply the latest Windows® operating system updates to the managed systems. Run the Synchronized Server task and schedule the WSUS server to synchronize with the Microsoft Updates site each day. After Microsoft publishes an operating system update, publish and install the update to the managed systems.

If you receive an error when you synchronize the WSUS server, see this KB article (error 503) and this KB article (error 404) for troubleshooting.

Synchronize the WSUS server each day so you have the latest critical and security Windows updates for the managed systems.

  1. Log in to Patch Manager as an administrator.
  2. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Enterprise > Update Services.

  3. Right-click the WSUS server and select Synchronize Server.

    In this example, SPM-MGOM is the WSUS server.

  4. In the Task Options Wizard, click Browse.
  5. In the Patch Manager menu, expand Update Service Servers and select the WSUS server.

  6. Click Add Selected to add the WSUS server to the list, and then click OK.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Enter a name and description of the task.

  9. Select Schedule the task to run daily, weekly, or monthly in the Scheduled Settings box, and then click Edit.
  10. In the Schedule Time box, select a day and time. Select Universal Time for Greenwich Mean Time.

  11. In the Recurrence pattern box, select when the WSUS server synchronizes with Windows Update.

  12. Set the Range of recurrence to No end date to ensure that the WSUS server synchronization procedure never stops, and then click OK.

    The settings display in the Schedule Settings box.

  13. Complete the Task Options Wizard, and click Next.

    A summary of the task settings is displayed in the window.

  14. Click Finish.

    The Windows Update synchronization schedule task is created.

Verify the synchronization status

  1. In the Navigation pane, select lick the WSUS server.

  2. In the Details tab, check the Synchronization Status.