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microsoft wsus : questions and answers

How to update group policy on a client ?

gpupate /force

Which wsus server is registered on a client ?

REG QUERY "HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate"

How to print group policy group for a client on screen ?

Gpresult /r

How to  confirm whether the update has been downloaded on the WSUS server first ?

Add file staus option. In wsus , in update window, right click on grid header and select “File Status”. The green icon means that the update is ready for installation.

How to get update log in a client via PoerShell ?

Open Powershall with admin privileges and digit :


This command will build a wsus client log on desktop.

How to remove a windows computer from wsus updating

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Updating Nakivo Appliance in environment with Qnap nas

Nakivo Environment

In this environment we have a Nakivo Appliance and a Qnap nas, used as Nakivo backup repository. We need to update the Nakivo appliance that currently is at 10.6 version.

Updating Nakivo using web console

Enter in your Nakivo web interface, navigate to “Seetings” – “Software Update”. The procedure proposes to you the 10.7 version. Proceed. You’ll reice a warning that “remote transporters will not be updated automatically”. After this procedure the Nakivo will be at 10.7 version and not other updates will be avalaible. Indeed the web console signals that your qnap transporter is “out of the date”. So you need to update it to use it. And here there is the problem: we’ll sew that, using nakivo qnap site , you’ll be able to install only the version 10.9 of qnap trasporter that is newer than the currently Nakivo appliance version. So you first need to install the 10.9 version on your Nakivo appliance, but you need to do it manually

Updating Nakivo manually

Using Nakivo upadte site you have to download the “Virtual Appliance”. You”ll download the file

Using the application Winscp connect to your Nakivo appliance via ssh. Upload the sh file in the folder /opt/nakivo/updates.

To enter via ssh in a nakivo appliance the default credential are :

  • username : root
  • password : QExS-6b%3D

Now you have to follow this instruction to update the application : Nakivo manual.

Updating Nakivo Transporter in Qnap

In our environment , the Qnap has a Nakivo Transporter App version 10.6.0, compatible with the starting version of our Nakivo appliance. It’s not possible to update this version automatically via qnap, you need to downnload from Nakivo site the new transporter and update it via Qnap web console.

In Nakivo site , you have to choose between the intel or arm transporter package. You’ll download a opkg file.

So, enter in qnap web console and install it manually :

Unable to install Qnap Transporter because the digital sign is invalid

If you are unabled to install the Nakivo Trasporter package because you recive an error that report that the digital sign is invalid , yoiu need to allow installation of applications without a valid digital signature. Click the Settings icon in the top-right corner of the App Center. On the General tab, check the option “Allow installation of applications without a valid digital signature”.

Issue with Nakivo web interface 10.9 in web browser

Even if Nakivo siuggests to use chrome or Firefox to use properly its web interface, we had problem using Chrome. We solved it using Microsoft Edge.


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La ricerca di Outlook non funziona (da Dicembre 2021)

In questi primi giorni dell’anno 2022 potreste avere dei problemi nella funziona di ricerca del vostro Outlook. Per esempio potreste voler cercare le email di un certo contatto e vi vengono fuori solo le email ricevute prima del 2022.

Il problema è stato causato da un aggiornamento di Windows che incide sulla funzione di ricerca dello stesso. L’aggiornamento in questione è il KB5008212. Controllate quindi gli aggiornamenti di Windows per vedere se avete questo aggiornamento installato.

Come risolvere ?

Ad oggi  (12/01/2022) Microsoft non ha ancora rilasciato un aggiornamento che risolva il problema.

Se vi trovate in serie difficoltà e non vi va di aspettare, Microsoft ha rilasciato un workaround (un trucco) che disabilita il “Windows Desktop Search” che è la fonte del problema per Outlook. E’ una operazione da eseguire sul registro. A questo link trovate la dichiarazione ufficiale Microsoft e le istruzioni per il workaround : Outlook Search not showing recent emails after Windows update KB5008212

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Fix Windows Update errors

Open Start, type: CMD
Right click CMD
Click Run as administrator

Type each of the following then hit Enter

taskkill /f /fi "SERVICES eq wuauserv" 
(Do this multiple times)
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
rmdir C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
rmdir C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

When complete, hit Enter, then restart, then try updating again.

If that does not work..

1. Open Start, type: CMD
Right click CMD
Click Run as administrator

Type each of the following then hit Enter

Run these codes:

Net Stop bits
Net Stop wuauserv
Net Stop appidsvc
Net Stop cryptsvc
Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
Net Start bits
Net Start wuauserv
Net Start appidsvc
Net Start cryptsvc

After running these commands, check if your issue is fixed.

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How to remove a windows computer from wsus updating

check if you are using wsus

First you need to check if the computer is updating via the wsus server.

Run Powershell as Administrator and run these commands :

$MUSM = New-Object -ComObject "Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager".


Check the output : if you are reading Windows Server Update Service
it’s the signal that source of updates is a wsus server.

Remove wsus from computer client

Run regedit.

Sarch for the folder


Delete the entire folder WindowsUpdate.

Run services

restart windows update service.

You can repeat the test of the first part to check if wsus has been removed from the client.