Nov 02 2021 02:25 PM - edited Sep 16 2023 01:01 AM
Nov 02 2021 02:25 PM - edited Sep 16 2023 01:01 AM
I recommend using
Full instructions to install the module are located here - https://www.ajtek.ca/blog/the-new-way-to-import-updates-into-wsus/
09/12/2023 - adding PowerShell method to the OP
07/30/2023 - please follow the latest comments for the updated approach using PowerShell.
The method in the OP has become obsolete
01/13/2022 - update links and clarification to prevent an error "This update cannot be imported into Windows Server Update Services, because it is not compatible with your version of WSUS", added Troubleshooting and Q&A section.
02/11/2021 - initial version
Windows 10 / 11 / Windows Server 2016 or later with WSUS RSAT Tool installed.
latest Microsoft Edge installed, version 97 as of time of writing.
Internet Explorer (mode) is installed in Settings > Apps > Optional Features or equivalent location in Windows 11
- Open Edge 97 or later
- Open Microsoft Edge Options > Default Browser
- Change "Allow Sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer Mode" to 'Allow'
- Add links to add to Microsoft Edge IE Mode
- Remove all other links in the scope of *.catalog.update.microsoft.com, only these shall remain for the catalog.update.microsoft.com page.
see screenshots below for better illustration.
- Close Edge and all catalog tabs if there were any open, especially if you use "Open tabs from the previous session" feature
- Open WSUS MMC and right click Updates from the tree > Import Updates
- The link in Edge should
2. The "Default" setting will not be sufficient to allow the installation and use of the ActiveX plugin.
Go back to your update catalog tab, Install the ActiveX if you have not done on this box already.
Check if you have not setup restrictions to execute or install ActiveX plugins in IE directly or via group policy.
3. Edge now has the ability to an IE Mode button. Also it has a new feature to automatically add pages to the exception list. Do not use this ability as shown in the picture for this use case as it might add wrong exceptions to the list.
4. When there are wrong exceptions in the exception list for IE mode it might not work correctly and cause a missing but very important redirection, which ultimately cause the import to fail.
More troubleshooting assistance below.
LINKS STARTING FROM DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022:
Links to add to Microsoft Edge IE Mode
Q 1: Microsoft Edge does not allow me to configure any IE Site Mode links (greyed out).
A: Either you have not enabled "Allow Sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer Mode" to 'Allow', or your enterprise has set policies to prevent that. This should be clearly indicated by a lock and message in the Edge settings tab.
Q 2: I have followed this guide or a previous version. I can see the cart to import into WSUS but cannot import any or just specific updates. Others fail with a message "This update cannot be imported into Windows Server Update Services, because it is not compatible with your version of WSUS".
A: This is a "known" issue and the guide has been updated to reflect this issue and a potential change on the server-side. Please make sure only the two links are included in your IE mode list.
They may not include www in the link name. You need to include both links, not just one or the other as in the previous version of this guide.
Q 3: May I use the new Edge feature in Settings > Appearance > Internet Explorer Mode button
A: I would recommend to refrain using this feature, as the mechanism between WSUS update import and the browser is extremly picky. It would not work if you just copy the same link into a browser tab.
The feature of the cart to import into WSUS will be likely missing and you can just download to the Download folder instead.
Q 4: Edge offers me to restart this tab in IE mode next time.
A: you should not receive this message, otherwise the exceptions as stated in the guide are invalid or you have more than the stated links in place. Go through the guide again and double-check.
Do not use this otherwise nice feature. It will cause to add more catalog links to the exception list which will cause an issue to import updates to WSUS, as described in Q #2.
Thanks for the hint @Eric_VanAelstyn, thanks to @abbodi1406 for additional hints after this guide got invalid a redirection change in December 2021 / January 2022.
cc @Aria Carley @MissyQ
cc for the other teams as I did not want to repost it in Edge and Servicing communities, unless you insist :)
Jan 10 2022 04:23 AM
This didn't work for me.
I am using a Windows 11 client machine with RSAT installed and Server 2022 WSUS box.
We have enabled IE mode via group policy, and have added the catalogue URL to the IE site mode list XML file we have stored centrally (not the full URL, but just the base www.catalog.update.microsoft.com)
I can see when clicking "Import Updates", the site is opened in IE mode. I have set the "Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode" option to allow and restarted my browser.
I had already browsed to the site and installed the ActiveX control, but when going to my update basket, I still get an error about version compatibility:
"This update cannot be imported into Windows Server Update Services, because it is not compatible with your version of WSUS"
Jan 11 2022 04:39 PM
Jan 11 2022 04:44 PM
Jan 13 2022 11:27 AM - edited Jan 13 2022 11:35 AM
Updated this guide to reflect changes and to prevent updates cannot be imported.
Thanks for your feedback and kudos to @abbodi1406 .
Jan 18 2022 11:32 AM
@K_Wester-Ebbinghaus It would be great if Microsoft replaced this old ActiveX technology with something newer!
Jan 19 2022 12:49 AM - edited Jan 19 2022 12:55 AM
On Microsoft Ignite 2021 Aria Carley held a great session about modern update management but also said loud and clear WSUS isn't going away. Yes the idea is nice but we all know WSUS is a frozen zone.
The session is a must-see for people involved with patchmanagement.
Jan 19 2022 06:43 AM
Jan 21 2022 11:16 AM
I added both sites to our IE Compability mode lists for Edge.
<site url="catalog.update.microsoft.com/"> <compat-mode>IE11</compat-mode> <open-in allow-redirect="true">IE11</open-in> </site> <site url="catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx"> <compat-mode>IE11</compat-mode> <open-in allow-redirect="true">IE11</open-in> </site>
Using this, I get an error "To use this website, you browser must have the user data persistence setting enabled." I also added Windows Update Catalog to Trusted Site Zone list. In Trusted Site zone list, I have Userdata Persistence turned on. Its like IE mode isn't honoring that setting.
For fun, I changed Compatibility Mode to IE8. In that mode, the message appears, however when I go to view basket where I would import updates, I get a different error, "Error number: 800A138F" instead.
I am doing this on a W11 system with WSUS and other RSAT tools installed.
Jan 21 2022 07:55 PM
Try IE7 mode
and make sure you have set SystemDefaultTlsVersions (or SchUseStrongCrypto)
Feb 10 2022 02:34 PM
Feb 10 2022 02:36 PM
Aug 25 2022 03:16 AM
Aug 26 2022 08:01 AM
@kwester-ebbinghaus-business I've not had need to import anything for a while.
What update are you trying to import, and I'll use that as a test, as well as picking some other random update to try and import.
Aug 26 2022 08:04 AM
Aug 29 2022 02:54 AM
Hi @abbodi1406 I cannot confirm, here it still uses the site and unsuccessfully tries to install ActiveX plugin.
Yet, if the behavior changes to what you see Abbodi, how should one import updates to WSUS? I do not believe it will work any longer, does it?
Aug 29 2022 02:59 AM
Aug 30 2022 07:22 AM