Solved

How to 'trigger' the installation of downloaded automatic updates if yellow 'shield' icon not displayed.

Posted on 2007-11-19
11
7,587 Views
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
We have a number of servers that connect to our WSUS server to download Windows Automatic Updates when required. When these updates are downloaded they require manual installation (I'm not a fan of servers updating themselves unattended!). Normally a yellow shield icon appears in the system tray to indicate that updates are ready to install. I then log onto the machine, click the yellow icon, and choose to install the updates. However, quite often, (and I don't understand why), the yellow shield icon will disappear again when I next log on, even if updates havn't been installed. Often it reappears again a little while after I've logged on.

My question is simply this - if there are updates that have downloaded to the server and are ready to install, BUT there is no yellow shield icon to click, is there any way to 'trigger' the installation of the updates? Or perhaps just a way to make the shield icon appear again?

At the moment I resort to going to the Windows Update website to check for downloads and then install them that way...
0
Comment
Question by:grjitdept
  • 4
  • 4
  • 2
  • +1
11 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:Kurt_Braeckmans
ID: 20312565
wuauclt /detectnow
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
Kurt_Braeckmans earned 500 total points
ID: 20312570
I mean:
start => run and then type in wuauclt /detectnow
This will search for updates and show the yellow icon if necessary
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:grjitdept
ID: 20312642
Seems to work on one of two servers I tried it on... but not the other... Any other options? It's a start though...
0
Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:grjitdept
ID: 20312653
Sorry crossed over with your 2nd reply. Will running it from 'Start > Run' rather than the cmd prompt make a difference?
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:Kurt_Braeckmans
ID: 20312663
no it's only easier...
normally that command should work.
maybe for the second server there are no updates necessary.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:grjitdept
ID: 20312694
No the second server definitely required (High Priority) updates - I went on the Microsoft site to check. On that particular server I do remember clicking the yellow shield icon when it first popped up, reveiwing the updates, then clicking Install later. Could this be a problem? Might I have accidentally flagged the icon not to appear again?
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:Kurt_Braeckmans
ID: 20312807
That can be a cause.  
I suggest to install the updates this time from the internet and verify next time that all updates are in the list.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:WPHIT
ID: 20410496
I have the exact same problem as the original poster.  The server in question has updated as recently as yesterday, receiving updates from our WSUS server (which actually happens to be on the same box, just to confuse things), and to do that I just clicked on the yellow shield in the system tray and installed.  However, the server definitely needs updates and, according to the WSUS console they have already been downloaded but now there is no yellow shield in the system tray to allow me to manually install them.  I've tried 'wuauclt /detectnow' numerous times without success.  The server was rebooted last night after updates were applied.  Any ideas?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:grjitdept
ID: 20410570
I never really got round this issue - I jsut end up going to the Microsoft Updates website, scanning for updates and then installing from the website. It should detect at least that you've laready downloaded them locally so will not downlaod them again at least...

0
 

Expert Comment

by:WPHIT
ID: 20410662
I finally set a deadline for one of the updates already downloaded in the WSUS to a date in the past.  After yet another 'wuauclt /detectnow' it went ahead and installed (and rebooted with no chance to stop it) and when it came back up it picked up the rest of the updates in the normal way and the shield reappeared.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:swnadmin
ID: 20841989
I had this problem with one machine when connecting to a 2003 server through a remote session.  I was able to see the icon if I connected to the console session.  Start -> Run -> mstsc -v:servername -console
0

Featured Post

Portable, direct connect server access

The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A Bare Metal Image backup allows for the restore of an entire system to a similar or dissimilar hardware. They are highly useful for migrations and disaster recovery. Bare Metal Image backups support Full and Incremental backups. Differential backup…
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows DVD Burner through its features and interface. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

821 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question