WSUS Connection Error for Computer Groups – Unicode Character

When using the WSUS console, from time to time I will get the following error when selecting a particular Computer Group:

When copying the error out to notepad and reviewing, the key indicator for this issue is something along the lines of:

System.Xml.XmlException — ‘’, hexadecimal value 0x16, is an invalid character.

Upon seeing this I know that a unicode character in the database is at fault, so to the database I go.  If you have your database deployed using WID, see this post for connecting to it.  If you are working with a SQL database, make sure you are running the following queries against the “SUSDB” database.

Run the query found in the image below and copy/past the results to a notepad document.

Look for the unicode character(s) at fault.  It should look like what you see below:

Take note of the row number and run the following query where 3023 is the row with your unicode character:

Typically you will see the unicode character under the ComputerModel column and the BiosVersion Column will be Unknown.  Run the following query to clear the unicode character where 3023 is the row with your unicode character:

Next run the following query to get information about that computer object (hostname, IP, etc.) where 3023 is the row with your unicode character:

Go update the BIOS on that machine to the latest version to prevent the issue from reoccurring.