WSUS3 SP2 Service Problem

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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.

Stay tuned!

Update 1

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.

Update 2

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.

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