1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 29, 2015 10:42 AM by kellytice

    Error message on client server




      I have recently deployed a remote server in one of our branches and had issues getting it to point to the proper WSUS update server (we have local downstream servers in our branches). Our WSUS server is running Server 2012 R2. I found the following error message in the windows update log on the client server:


      WARNING: Network Cost is assumed to be not supported as something failed with trying to get handles to wcmapi.dll


      I was able to manually change the WSUS server in the registry, but it still won't get any updates due to the error. Does anyone have any experience with this error? As far as I know we've never seen it in our environment.


      Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. If you need any more information or logs please let me know.


      Thanks in advance.



        • Re: Error message on client server

          The first thing is to confirm that the machine is, in fact, configured to point ot the WSUS server:

          I would run RSOP.MSC on that remote machine, and go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update to check the settings there.  If there is a group policy defined to point it to the local WSUS Server ("Specify Intranet Microsoft Update Service Location"), you should be able to see the GPO name from where it is getting that setting; if it is wrong you should be able to go fix it.  


          If it is not there, then I believe that would indicate there is not a group policy currently setting it.


          In that case, rather than edit the registry directly, I would run GPEDIT.MSC on the remote machine and browse down to it to set the local group policy to both "configure automatic updates" (option 3 or option 4, typically) and also to "Specify intranet Microsoft update service location".

          Couple of notes: 

          • If your WSUS server is using port 8530, you'll need to specify it on the line in the "specify intranet..." setting  (e.g.   http://mywsusbox:8530 instead of just http://mywsusbox )
          • If you want to deploy 3rd party updates to that remote machine, you'll also want to enable the "allow signed updates from an intranet microsoft update service location" as well.



          The second thing is that you may want to make sure that WSUS is patched up to the latest version.


          Are there any other errors in that remote machine's WINDOWSUPDATE.LOG file?