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I have a default installation of an SBS 2008 Server. The Control Panel>Windows Update>Change Settings options are greyed out. How can I make the "Change Settings" screen to NOT be greyed out? My local login account has all the default admin groups such as Domain Admins and Enterprise Admin. I have already tried to disable the Windows Update service. I also tried uninstalling WSUS from Control Panel>Programs and Features. My goal is to set the "Change Settings" screen to the "Never Check for Updates (not recommended)" option.
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by:shane297
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This is not a stand-alone system. As already mentioned, the is an SBS 2008 server. I did go ahead and try these steps. Only the first step was not already applied as default. This did not fix the problem.
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by:Shab
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is it part of domain or its a DC it self?
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by:shane297
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It is a DC itself. I also have an SBS 2003 server (completely different domain and network). The default installation for SBS 2003 does not have this problem. This is a new problem for SBS 2008.
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I found this on another forum. This fixed the problem.
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In Group Policy Management under Domains you have 3 'Update Services' entries - for Client Computers, Common Settings and Server Computers.

You need to unset Automatic Updates in both Common Settings and Server Computers for Update Services:

- Right click 'Small Business Server Update Services Common Settings Policy' and Edit
- Navigate to 'Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update'
- Double click 'Configure Automatic Updates' on the right and set to 'Not Configured' and ok then close that window.

Repeat for 'Small Business Server Update Services Server Computers Policy'.
Client PC updates can be left on for automatic updating or whatever you want by in the '.. Client Computers Policy' entry.
To check the settings a 'gpupdate /force' was run and then the Automatic Updates pane on the servers was back to manual control.
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by:DeonLubbe
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Hi Shane

I am having a similiar problem, only catch is I cannot get any windows updates after my migration.

All options to update or synch is greyed out.

I have tried to look at the solution you provided but it has had no affect on my server.

Do you have nay other ideas?

many thanks

Deon
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