Install the WSUS 3.0 Administration Console

After installing WSUS 3.0 on a server, you can manage WSUS 3.0 from any computer on your network, as long as the domain of that computer has a trust relationship with the domain of the server. You will need to perform a separate installation, from the same downloaded installation package, on every machine from which you want to run the WSUS 3.0 administration console.

Install the console

To install the WSUS 3.0 administration console, use the same installation package you downloaded to install the WSUS server.

The latest version of the WSUS setup executable is available on the WSUS Web site (

The console-only installation process can be run from the setup UI from the command line. For more information about command-line installation, see Appendix A: Unattended Installations later in this guide.

To install the WSUS 3.0 console only from the UI

  1. Double-click the installer file (WSUSSetup-x86.exe or WSUSSetup-x64.exe).
  2. On the Welcome page, click Next.
  3. On the Installation Mode Selection page, select the Administration Console only check box, and then click Next.
  4. Read the terms of the license agreement carefully. Click I accept the terms of the License Agreement, and then click Next.
  5. The final page of the installation wizard will tell you whether or not the WSUS 3.0 installation was completed successfully. Then click Finish.

To install the WSUS 3.0 console only from the command line

  1. Open a command window.
  2. Navigate to the directory in which you saved the installation executable. (This will be either WSUSSetup-x86.exe or WSUSSetup-x64.exe.)
  3. Type one of the following commands:
    WSUSSetup-x86.exe CONSOLE_INSTALL=1 or WSUSSetup-x64.exe CONSOLE_INSTALL=1
  4. This will bring up the Welcome page of the installation UI. Click Next.
  5. Read the terms of the license agreement carefully. Click I accept the terms of the License Agreement, and then click Next.
  6. Wait for the installation process to finish, and then click Finish.

Access the WSUS administration console

You must be a member of the local Administrators group or the WSUS Administrators security group on the computer on which WSUS is installed in order to use all the features of the WSUS console. Members of the WSUS Reporters security group have read-only access to the console.

To open the WSUS administration console

  1. Click Start, point to Control Panel, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0.
  2. If you are bringing up the remote console for the first time, you will see only Update Services in the left pane of the console.
  3. To connect to a WSUS server, in the Actions pane click Connect to Server.
  4. In the Connect To Server dialog box, type the name of the WSUS server and the port on which you would like to connect to it.
  5. If you wish to use SSL to communicate with the WSUS server, select the Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to connect to this server check box.
  6. Click Connect to connect to the WSUS server.
  7. You may connect to as many servers as you need to manage through the console.

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