16 November 2016

WSUS downloads slow | BitsDownloadPriorityForeground

Recently I configured WSUS to download updates (about 150GB worth) and I noticed it was taking a very long time to download.  This little tip will save a lot of time waiting for the download to finish.

Run the following command on the WSUS Server in PowerShell:


This will show you whether the setting has been enabled or not.  We want it to say 'True'.

It will most likely say "False" if you're experiencing slow downloads.  Once you've confirmed this, type the following to set this to 'True":

  • $Config = (Get-WsusServer).GetConfiguration()
  • $Config.BitsDownloadPriorityForeground = $True
  • $Config.Save()
Once you've used these three commands, run the first command again to confirm that this has changed over to 'True'.  There's no need to restart the services.  You should see that the downloads will speed up now.

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