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

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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...
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wuauclt /detectnow
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I mean:
start => run and then type in wuauclt /detectnow
This will search for updates and show the yellow icon if necessary
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Seems to work on one of two servers I tried it on... but not the other... Any other options? It's a start though...
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Sorry crossed over with your 2nd reply. Will running it from 'Start > Run' rather than the cmd prompt make a difference?
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by:Kurt_Braeckmans
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no it's only easier...
normally that command should work.
maybe for the second server there are no updates necessary.
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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?
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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.
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by:WPHIT
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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?
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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...

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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.
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by:swnadmin
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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
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