Installing Windows Server Update Services on Windows Server 2012 with PowerShell

I will describe how to install a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on W2012 using powershell.

Some notes:

  • This will be an autonomous installation which will fetch updates directly from Microsoft Update;
  • The database will be the default  Windows Internal Database called “SUSDB” located in C:\Windows\WID\Data.

First install the Windows Update Services Role and the management console:

Install-WindowsFeature UpdateServices,UpdateServices-UI

The result should be similar to below:

PS C:\Users\administrator.HOMELAB> Install-WindowsFeature UpdateServices,UpdateServices-UI

Success Restart Needed Exit Code      Feature Result
------- -------------- ---------      --------------
True    No             Success        {Remote Server Administration Tools, Role ...

WARNING: Additional configuration may be required. Review the article Managing WSUS Using PowerShell at TechNet Library
 ( for more information on the recommended steps to perform WSUS
installation using PowerShell.

After installing the WSUS Role The ServerManager will show a notification about post-deployment configuration.  Performing this configuration will fail. A solution is to use WsusUtil to perform a “post-install”:

& ‘C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools\WsusUtil.exe’ postinstall CONTENT_DIR=D:\WSUS\

Point CONTENT_DIR to your location of choice. This is where all the downloaded files and associated data will be stored.

Running the post-install will result in output similar to:

PS C:\Users\administrator.HOMELAB> & 'C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools\WsusUtil.exe' postinstall CONTENT_DIR=D:\WSUS\
Log file is located at C:\Users\administrator.HOMELAB\AppData\Local\Temp\2\tmpEEA3.tmp
Post install is starting
Post install has successfully completed
PS C:\Users\administrator.HOMELAB>


Now you can start the Windows Server Update Services console and step through the Configuration Wizard.  Note: In my case the WSUS server needed a restart before it was be able to synchronize information about available updates.

In this (single server) scenario using powershell does not provide any real benefits.

Sources and additional reading material:

Installing WSUS on Windows Server “8” Beta using PowerShell
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 2012: Installation

Windows Server Update Services Overview