How to Add an Update Server to VMM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

This topic describes how to add a WSUS server to your Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) environment. However, if the WSUS server is not already installed, or if it was deployed through System Center Configuration Manager, first see the following topics:

Account requirements To enable update management, you must be a member of the Administrator user role in VMM. You will need an account that has local administrator rights on the WSUS server.

To add a Windows Server Update Server to VMM

  1. In the VMM console, open the Fabric workspace.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Add group, click Add Resources, and then click Update Server.

    The Add Windows Server Update Services Server dialog box opens.

  3. Type in the Computer name of the WSUS server.

  4. Specify the TCP/IP port that the WSUS website listens on for connections. For WSUS on a computer with Windows Server 2012 or later, use port 8530 (non-SSL) or 8531 (SSL). For earlier versions of Windows, use port 80.

  5. Enter credentials for connecting to the WSUS server. The account must have administrator rights on the WSUS server. You can use an existing Run As Account, or create a new one.

  6. If necessary, select the Use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to communicate with the WSUS server and clients check box.

  7. Click Add.

The WSUS server will be added to VMM, followed by initial synchronization of the updates catalog. Depending on how many update classifications and products you chose when you configured the WSUS server, this operation can take a long time, depending on such factors as network traffic and the load on the WSUS server. To find out the status of the operation, monitor the status of the Add Update Server and Synchronize Update Server jobs in the Jobs window or in the Jobs workspace.


After you enable update management in VMM, you can manage the WSUS server through VMM. If you use the WSUS Administrator Console to update WSUS configuration, then these updates will be visible in VMM only after WSUS synchronization.

To verify that the WSUS server was added to VMM successfully:

  1. In the Fabric workspace, on the Fabric pane, expand Servers, and starting with VMM in System Center 2012 R2, expand Infrastructure Servers.

  2. Click Update Server. The results pane displays the update server.

  3. In the Library workspace, on the Library pane, expand Update Catalog and Baselines, and then click Update Catalog. The results pane displays all the available WSUS updates.

After you add the update server to VMM, you can configure a proxy server for synchronization and change the update categories, products, and supported languages that WSUS synchronizes by updating the properties of the update server in VMM. For more information, see How to Update WSUS Settings in VMM.

See Also

Managing Fabric Updates in VMM