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Hi all,

I have 2 W2k servers running active directory and a mix of NT, w2k and XP clients.
Is there an easy way which allows me to push the never ending stream of Micorsoft Windows updates to my clients? or setup the clients to download and install updates automatically?

I tried using the Automatic Updates feature in the w2k & XP clients by scheduling it to download and install updates once a week but it never really works that well, am I missing something?

Thanks in advance
lehan
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by:sunray_2003
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Why dont you enable automatic download in their machines ?

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Check to see they are connected to internet during that time

disable firewall

Also check to see they have permissions to download

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by:oBdA
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For your W2k and XP clients, the best way to deploy and control the automatic update feature as network administrator is to use the Software Update Services; this mirrors important updates to a local web server from where you can approve updates before they are applied to your workstations.
The documentation found there is useful, too (for a change).

Software Update Services
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/windowsupdate/sus/

A helpful site:
http://www.susserver.com/

Note that the Automatic Update client will only install updates if an administrator is logged on if you choose the first two options; only the third option (scheduled install) will run when a regular user is logged on.
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Sunray I have setup auto updates on client machines but its not working as I think it should.
Its not a firewall issue since the clients can connect to the internet fine, besides disabling the firewall is not an option!

oBdA I think your SUS server idea is worth a shot, although it does not solve pushing updates to my NT clients since I have quiet a few of them.
From what I understand, I still need to use the client side auto updates setup with the SUS server?

Thanks both for the help so far.
Lehan
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You use exactly the same client that's already present on W2k SP3 and XP SP1. You only change the address they're pointing at to your internal web server. This can be done either manually by editing the registry directly, or by using a group policy.
But, as I said, it's really nicely described in the documentation, and the few bits that aren't in the manual are described at the FAQ at susserver.com. The really big advantage is that you have full control over which fixes are installed. The small disadvantage is that it only deploys critical/security hotfixes and service packs (so no drivers etc.).
For the NT4 clients, you'll need a third party tool. Or you can try to use the task scheduler and script the updates (if necessary with qchain.exe). Check out http:Q_20759598.html for the idea behind it.
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