Minor point. You cannot control when the updates download. You can schedule
the *installation* time, which presupposes that the detection/download is
If the installation time is reached before somebody actually initiates an
Install Updates and Shutdown event, you may find yourself with an unexpected
In the Computer Detailed Status report, if you click on the hyperlinked
Update Status column (e.g. "Not Installed") and a download is complete, the
popup dialog will give you that status information.
Another way to get there is by looking at the update metadata screen, click
on the "Computers needing this update" legend hyperlink (when the value is >
0), and that will trigger an Update Details Status report, where you can
then click on the hyperlink in the Status column.
Unfortunately, though, these capabilities are only available on a per-update
basis by drilling down through the status column. There is no report that
will show this status information across all systems/updates.
To get that information, you have a few additional options:
1. If you're using a full-license copy of SQL Server (Workgroup, Standard,
Enterprise) you can use the SSRS Report Builder to customize a report
against the WSUS database to get that information.
2. You can develop a custom application programmed against the WSUS API to
extract the needed data.
3. You might be interested in a third-party add-on package for WSUS from
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP(x2), MCTS(x5), MCP(x7), MCBMSP
Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)
MS WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
My Websites: http://www.onsitechsolutions.com;
My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin