Approve the updates

After you download and publish the update packages to the WSUS server, approve the updates for the managed systems.

  1. Publish the update.
  2. In the navigation pane, maximize Enterprise > Update Services > < your WSUS server > All Updates and select an update option.

    For example, to approve all published third-party updates, select Third Party Updates. You can also select a specific update in the center console.

  3. In the Actions menu, click Approve.
  4. In the Approve Updates window, select the computer groups that receive the third-party updates—for example, Patch Servers.

  5. Click Approved for Install.

    In the Approval column, Approved for Install displays.

  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Close in the Approval Progress window.

    The updates are approved.

Delete an update

If you approved an update and then decided that the update is not required, you can delete the update.

  1. In the navigation pane, expand Enterprise > Update Services > < your_WSUS_server > and expand Updates.

  2. Select All Updates.

  3. In the All Updates pane, select the update you want to delete.

  4. In the Actions pane, click Delete.

  5. When prompted, click Yes.
  6. In the navigation pane, select Enterprise > Update Services.

  7. In the Actions pane, click Synchronize Server.

  8. Complete the Task Options Wizard to synchronize the WSUS server.