Category Archives: WSUS

Windows Update Logs on Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 are Empty

Somebody somewhere thought not having the WindowsUpdate.log in a human readable format that could be viewed in real-time was a really good idea.

To read the logs now you have to use a PowerShell command.

Open PowerShell using Run As Administrator and run the following.

  • Get-WindowsUpdateLog

Wait patiently for the now out-of-date log to save to your desktop.

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Test URL

No unusual to get the occasional moody WSUS managed-device that will not report and/or update using a correctly configured WSUS server.  The link below is the one I like to use to test the connection from the WSUS managed device to the WSUS web site.

Note:  The test URL below uses my-wsus-box as the server name and 8530 as the configured port for the WSUS web site – change as appropriate.

Note:  If the connection to the WSUS web site is good then a prompt to download should be presented.