Windows Update - Alert domain users before restart.
Posted on 2008-10-24
I have a Windows 2003 server with SP1. Windows Update is set to automatically download and install any updates, which I consider both good and bad.
Good because it patches any security flaws every day if available.
Bad because the server will restart itself after installing the updates automatically without any prior warning.
The auto download and install is handy, as it gives me peace of mind that the server is keeping itself up to date with the latest patches without me having to constantly login to every server and see which updates are available.
The bad side of this is the server will decide to restart itself as and when it fancies without any prior warning to the people who might be using the server at the time, which can be pretty much 24/7 - not good.
Does anyone know of a way I can trigger a message using 'net send * Your server has just downloaded some updates and is going to restart in 2 minutes whether you like it or not, so save your **** make a cup of tea and hang around for 5 minutes and with any luck services will be back to normal soon (unless I've just downloaded Service Pack 3 or somthing stupid where upon it is most likely all your data will be lost forever) Hang loose - back in 5 (with any luck - Fingers crossed - Here we go...Eeek!)
I probably won't broadcast the message in that exact format, but a network message before auto re-boot would be nice.
Any one with any ideas?