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Automatic Updates in Windows 2000

Posted on 2004-08-04
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If I have a PC directly connected to the internet then the Automatic Update function in W2000 works fine. However if I take the sane PC and attaching it via a LAN (through Win/NT V4 Server & Proxy Server V2) then the 'Auto' Feature never seems to work.

I suspect its because of the way Auto Update does its job.

Does anyone have ideas on this please?
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I would check three things. 1.) Make sure you have the proxy settings in the browers lan settings. For IE go to Tools>Internet Options>connections tab click on the Lan button on the bottom. Enter your proxy server here. 2.) Go to the control panel and double click on WIndow update and make sure you have the setting you want selected. 3.) You could have a network policy that is stopping it. Review them and check for any errors.

Good Luck,

ScenicTech
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by:bmtech
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1 & 2 are not an Issue, these are already set correctly. I dont beleive there are any policies in existance, so I dont think that could be the issue either.
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You know thinking about it ScenicTech, you might be (indirectly) on to something. I have found several technet articles that talk about Auto Updates, howveer, and this I think is significant, they all refer to 'Software Update Services' and perhaps more importantly none of teh articles mentions Windows/NT V4 Server. it may be that there is a problem using this..... The serach continues.
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if the client machine is connected to a domain, and you are not logged in as an administrator, then it will not work automatically anymore.  You'll have to log in as the admin and do it.

You could download shavlik technologies HFnetcheck and use that to do your updates on the network.  It's still free...
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I think ScenicTEch and I should split the points.  We both had good things to say.  Thanks!
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