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SBS reboot due to Windows Update

I understand from another thread that the automatic update system defaults to auto-update at 3am and if necessary reboots.
Clearly there are arguments for both allowing auto-update and not, however my preference would be to only allow warnings of updates pending, but a manual authorisation is required for the actual update and potential reboot.

I would assume that SBS2003 will have the same options as XP Pro in that if alerts only are turned on, a system tray pop-up alerts the current user to the fact the updates are available.

Since the SBS box is mostly unmanned, is it possible to get the SBS to either broadcast such a message to workstations or better, email an administrator.

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
The option to do this as well as have much better control over automatic updates is available if you install Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) which will also manage your patch management for all of the client machines as well.

There is a special method to installing WSUS on an SBS (of course), and you can find all the infor about that here:  http://sbsurl.com/wsus

If your server OS was purchased after March 1, 2006, or you have Software Assurance you qualify for a free upgrade to SBS 2003 R2 which will release some time in the next couple of months.  R2 has WSUS as part of it's default configuration so you may want to wait until then since updates only come down once a month.  If you don't qualify for the free upgrade you would have to purchase R2. (there's much more than WSUS included with R2)

However, WSUS is a free download by itself.

sheepfarmerAuthor Commented:
Sounds promising.


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