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Run windows updates on log-in

Posted on 2004-09-23
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I'm running small business server 2003 and want windows updates to run and install automatically on log-in. Anyone have article or suggestions to force updates on log-in, either through a network push or some force to the updates. As little user interaction as possible would be great.

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Josef
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

Here's a link on setting it up on XP, but it kinda like works the same..

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306525

Only thing you should take into consideration is the following. First of all, you won't be logging in that much with a server. Normally the servers are locked in a seperate server room, so it should be done automatically at a specified time. Second, if you automate the process on the server, your server could go into reboot if updates require the server to reboot. You cannnot stop it, because you automated it. And third, you cannot test a new patch, it will be installed right away... So i would suggest automating download, but choosing yourself when to install..
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by:jermis
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I was refering more on the client side not server side. Download the updates to the server and push those to the client when I've made sure what updates I want the client pc to have.
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rhandels earned 125 total points
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Hi,

Then you should be using SUS (Software Update Service). You can set up the complete SUS using Group Policy Objects. First off all download SUS, then install it and after that, make sutre to download the updates. After you donwloaded them, ou can approve them 1 by 1 (or all at the same time, because your first update will be 300 patches.) Make sure to only choose one language (else your drive will be full very quick) and after that, set GPO so all computers are updates with the pacthes you downloaded. Make sure to first test SUS or the updates with just a few PC's. Put them in a nemwly created OU, link a GPO to this ou that makes sure files are installed using SUS.

Here's the Microsoft link on SUS...

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/sus/default.mspx

If you need some more info, please post...
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