SBS Console Home tab shows Updates status as "Not Available"

Applies to: Windows Small Business Server 2008 PremiumWindows Small Business Server 2008 Standard

If you are a Small Business customer, find additional troubleshooting and learning resources at the Support for Small Business site.


When you view the Home tab in the Windows Small Business Server 2008 (Windows SBS) Console, the Updates status is Not Available.

Updates Not Available


This issue can occur if the configuration for the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) was changed and does not match the settings that the Windows Small Business Server console expects. The Small Business Server console expects WSUS to be configured to use certain options.


To resolve this issue, run the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Best Practice Analyzer (Windows SBS BPA). The Windows SBS BPA has an extensive set of rules that can help detect when WSUS is misconfigured. To obtain the SBS BPA, go to the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Best Practices Analyzer webpage on the Microsoft Download Center website. 

More Information

For information about the WSUS settings that are required by Small Business Server console, see the Update Services in SBS 2008 Update Services in SBS 2008.

For more information about how to resolve issues with the WSUS, see Repair Windows Server Update Services.

For information about WSUS Group Policy objects, see How to Manually Create the SBS 2008 and WSUS Group Policies Objects.