Detect duplicate SusClientIds on WSUS side

In a large environment with many active directory domains and some servers which are not domain members, it is difficult to find all duplicate SusClientIds. Remote registry queries are not an option because there are many systems in protected networks behind firewalls.

So I decided to use the IIS Failed Request Log to detect duplicate SusClientIds.

Install IIS Tracing

Start the Server-Manager and install the following role service:
Tracing (under World Wide Web Services – Health and Diagnostics – Tracing)

Enable Failed-Request Tracing

  1. Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  2. In the Connections pane, expand the machine name, expand Sites, and then click on the Site, where WSUS runs.
  3. In the Actions pane, under Configure, click Failed Request Tracing…


  • Select the Enable check box.
  • Set Maximum number of trace files to [number of WSUS clients x 5]

Configure Failed Request Tracing Rule

  1. Double-click Failed Request Tracing Rules.
  2. In the Actions pane, click Add…


  3. In the Add Failed Request Tracing Rule wizard, on the Specify Content to Trace page, select Custom and enter the value ReportingWebService.asmx. Click Next.
  4. On the Define Trace Conditions page, select the Status code(s) check box and enter 200 as the status code to trace. Click Next.FailedRequestRule3
  5. On the Select Trace Providers page, under Providers, select the WWW Server check box. Under Areas, select the Compression check box and clear all other check boxes. Compression is not what we are looking for, but it is required to select at least one Area.
  6. Under Verbosity, select Verbose.
  7. Click Finish.

Analyze Logfiles

After some logging (minimum 24h) in the Path C:\inetpub\logs\FailedReqLogFiles\W3SVC[xxxxxxxxx] are many new xml-files are created. This is the work directory for the following steps.

To analyze this files, I wrote the script get-susclientids.ps1 to get a list of all IPs and SusClientIds.

$list = @()
Foreach ($file in (Get-ChildItem *.xml)){
    $entry = New-Object -TypeName PSObject
    $filecontent = Get-Content $
    $SCIline = ($filecontent | ? { $_ -like "*;<Sid>*"})
    $remoteaddrline = ($filecontent | ? { $_ -like "*<Data Name=""RemoteAddress"">*"})
    $remoteaddr = $remoteaddrline.Substring($remoteaddrline.IndexOf("""RemoteAddress"">")+16,$remoteaddrline.Length-36)
    If($SCIline -and $SCIline.IndexOf(";&lt;Sid&gt;") -gt 0){
        Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name RemoteAddr -Value $remoteaddr
        Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name SusClientId -Value $SCIline.substring($SCIline.IndexOf(";&lt;Sid&gt;")+12,36)
        If(@($list | ? { $_.remoteaddr -eq $remoteaddr }).count -lt 1){
            $list += $entry
$list | export-csv -path susclientids.csv

The result can be queried with this command:
Import-Csv .\susclientids.csv

Example output:

RemoteAddr                              SusClientId
----------                              -----------                                aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeeeeeee                                ffffffff-0000-1111-2222-333333333333                                aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeeeeeee

Finding Duplicates

To find duplicate SusClientIds I wrote the script get-duplicate.ps1:

$duplicates = Import-Csv .\susclientids.csv | sort susclientid | group susclientid | ? { $_.count -gt 1}
$list = @()
foreach ($duplicateSCI in $duplicates){
    foreach ($system in $duplicateSCI.Group){
        $entry = New-Object -TypeName PSObject
        Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name RemoteAddr -Value $system.remoteaddr
        try {
            $fqdn = ([System.Net.Dns]::GetHostEntry($system.remoteaddr).Hostname)
        } catch {
            $fqdn = ""
        Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name FQDN -Value $fqdn
        Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name SusClientId -Value $system.SusClientId
        $list += $entry

Example output:

RemoteAddr     FQDN               SusClientId
----------     ----               -----------   aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeeeeeee   aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeeeeeee

Now it’s time to reset the SusClientId on the listed systems.

6 Gedanken zu „Detect duplicate SusClientIds on WSUS side

  1. RemoteUser

    Hi, not work on IIS in Windows 2008 std.
    parameter RemoteAddress is not in XML files contained.

  2. Mikael Mørup

    This is so brilliant.

    I followed your guide and in 15 minutes i already had duplicate ID’s

    Now i will let it log for a day or two an then analyze again 🙂

    Thank you 1 million times

  3. Red

    great work and tnx for sharing. I need to use you script checking in different sub-directories so I modified get-susclientids.ps1 as follows:
    Foreach ($file in (Get-ChildItem *.xml)){ –> Foreach ($file in (Get-ChildItem -recurse *.xml)){
    $filecontent = Get-Content $ –> $filecontent = Get-Content $file.FullName


  4. Micha Beitragsautor

    I think I tested it with Server 2012 R2. But it probably works with Server 2016 as well.

  5. Aaron Tong

    If there are multiple line has SUSClientID, the script will not export it to csv. I modified get-susclientids.ps1 a little:
    $list = @()
    Foreach ($file in (Get-ChildItem *.xml)){
    $entry = New-Object -TypeName PSObject
    $filecontent = Get-Content $
    $SCIline = ($filecontent | ? { $_ -like „*;<Sid>*“} | Select-Object -First 1)
    $remoteaddrline = ($filecontent | ? { $_ -like „**“})
    $remoteaddr = $remoteaddrline.Substring($remoteaddrline.IndexOf(„““RemoteAddress““>“)+16,$remoteaddrline.Length-36)
    if ($null -eq $SCIline) {
    elseif($SCIline -and $SCIline.IndexOf(„;<Sid>“) -gt 0){
    Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name RemoteAddr -Value $remoteaddr
    Add-Member -InputObject $entry -MemberType NoteProperty -Name SusClientId -Value $SCIline.substring($SCIline.IndexOf(„;<Sid>“)+12,36)
    If(@($list | ? { $_.remoteaddr -eq $remoteaddr }).count -lt 1){
    $list += $entry
    $list | export-csv -path susclientids.csv

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