Configure WSUS reporting in Windows Server 2016

WSUS is quite powerful in that it can provide us reports containing useful information regarding which Windows machines have which Windows updates applied, allowing us to get a good overview of our environment.

This type of information will be useful if you’re required to perform any type of compliance check to ensure that your servers are properly patched. In this post we’ll take a look at installing the software required to view the reports as well as how to run the reports.


This post is part of our Microsoft 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 exam study guide series. For more related posts and information check out our full 70-744 study guide.


Install Additional Features

In order to view the reports you’ll first need to install some additional features. First open the WSUS console and select Reports from the menu on the left.

WSUS Console - Reports

You should now see various reports that are available. Select any of these reports and you will likely receive the below error.

WSUS report viewer redistributable error

Clicking any of the report types will result in the same Feature Unavailable error message stating that “The Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Redistributable is required for this feature. Please close the console before installing this package.”

You’ll notice that the error message provides a helpful hyperlink to the following page. Using this link, download the Report Viewer software, close the WSUS console, and attempt to install the software.

You may now receive the following new error message, stating that this first requires Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012.

WSUS CLR Types error

You can download this here. Select install instructions, then scroll down to the ” Microsoft® System CLR Types for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 ” section. Once this has installed, go back and install the Report Viewer. Finally once complete, open the WSUS console back up and go back to the Reports section. You should now be able to successfully view the various reports.

Running WSUS Reports

In total there are 9 different default reports that can be run from here. Simply click any of them and filter the type of information that you want in the report such as the types of update classification, product update type, or computer groups for example. Once you’re happy, click the Run Report button to generate the report.

WSUS Run Report

Once the report generates, you’ll be presented with a window showing you various information related to the report that you’ve chosen.

WSUS Report Example

You can optionally export and save the report as an Excel spreadsheet, PDF, or Word Document.

WSUS Export Report

We can give other users access to view and generate reports by putting them into the WSUS reporters group, this is a read only group.

Summary

After installing a couple of small pieces of software we can now successfully run and view various useful WSUS reports. These reports can be used to give us different information regarding the state of deployed updates in our Windows environment.


This post is part of our Microsoft 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 exam study guide series. For more related posts and information check out our full 70-744 study guide.

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  2. thanks!
    Your solution is working perfectly

  3. Thanks, working now

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