Sorry, I’ve been managing a Apple-only network for 4-5 years. So, my Windows skills are rusty, at best
I was at a small office(went from 15 clients to 5, recently) yesterday to help with their server problems. SBS 2011 hadn’t done any Windows updates to server or clients since early 2016. Server C: drive is 95% full. Updates on server continually fail. WSUS cleanup Wizard snap-in crashes. I don’t think the WSUS DB has ever been cleaned and compacted. And, I have no idea what the settings on it for downloads are. The last time I dealt with this kind of problem was 5+ years ago, and I remember it being a pain in the butt.
I tried uninstalling WSUS via the WSUS 3.0 sp2 installer, it failed to finish and exited several times. I (foolishly) followed an internet guide and uninstalled it, and Windows Internal Database (WID) via Server Manager. Now, I am stuck unable to fully uninstall, or reinstall it.
To tell the truth, I’m not sure this small office even needs SBS 2011, and the headaches. All their clients are Windows 10, now, and I’ve read SBS 2011 can’t easily manage security updates for them, anyway. It stopped doing its backups of their data long ago. They will never manage it properly. And, are unlikely to regularly have someone else do that. On top of that, it really isn’t worth it for them to have me fix it, only to have updates build up again. Not to mention, The server being old and SBS 2011 in its final 15 months
At this point, they are using Office 365 Pro with 1TB storage for each client. With just 5 clients(No one really shares desktops), I’m not sure the even need a LAN login manager, anymore. Now, that it possible to login with a Microsoft Account(MSA)
I’ve recommend using a simple RAID6 NAS for shared storage(also backing up to MS Cloud). Everything else automatically backs up to Office 365 storage
Is using MSA’s a good way to manage LAN logins and security?
What changes to GPO policies should I make so that Win10 clients can use their own Windows Update app!
Is there anything else in SBS that I need to deactivate, if they are moving away from this server?
If you have any other advice on creating a simple, manageable, network, I’d appreciate it