WSUS Console Fails to Start: SQL server may not be running

The Scenario

I have WSUS installed on a Windows Server 2012 Standard instance. At the weekend I have installed various updates, including KB3159706.

The Problem

Once KB3159706 installed the WSUS console will not run despite both the WSUS Service and Windows Internal Database services running. It keeps reporting the error that the SQL server may not be running, which is not the case.

The Solution

The fault lies with update KB3159706, and there are two options

Solution 1 (Preferred):

Open an elevated command prompt and type

“C:\Program Files\Update Services\Tools\wsusutil.exe” postinstall /servicing

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Wait 1-2 minutes for it to complete…

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Enable HTTP Activation under .NET Framework 4.5 Features (I did this in PowerShell or use the Server Manager GUI)

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation

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Finally, restart the WSUS Service

get-service WsusService | Restart-Service

The WSUS console should now launch successfully.

 

Solution 2 (less secure):

You can simply uninstall this update from the Control Panel (Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features > Installed Updates and search for this update, right-click and select uninstall).

 

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