I was checking a few systems this morning and came across this glorious error.
Easy enough to fix, right? Just go to Administrative Tools > Services and restart the Windows Server Update Services service, right?
Of course not!
That service doesn’t exist. I have WSUSCert ((Something cool)) service, but not the server service. So now I’m downloading WSUS 3.0 SP2 again to re-install on top of this to maybe fix the problem.
Installing WSUS 3.0 SP2 causing removal of Windows Update Service; I left the database and synchronization data and logs in place.
After uninstall, I ran the WSUS 3.0 SP2 executable again and it began an install; I chose the location of my previous Windows Update Service Server install as well as told it to use the existing database and the default IIS website.
It’s been a few days but I think I stumbled upon a way to recover from this issue. Things just got real messy but this may be the working solution.