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How to detect or know if Windows server 2003/2008 need restart ?

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Hi All,

I've got several hundreds of Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtual machine + several physical machine which is updated by WSUS automatically but it needs to be restarted manually.

Is there any way to know which server needs restart and which one is not ?( eg using powershell)

Thanks
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larsrohr earned 500 total points
ID: 33732040
This may be of use to you:

Checking for pending reboots with PowerShell
http://www.techmumbojumblog.com/?p=375

Be sure to check the comments by Aaron Dodd at the end.
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by:sunilswain
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For Windows 2003 server you'll need to check "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session
> Manager\PendingFileRenameOperations".

One sample script which wa used for windows 2003 server:
<script>
On Error Resume Next

Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
Const REG_MULTI_SZ = 7

strComputer = "."

Set oReg=GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" &_
strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

strKeyPath = "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager"
strValueName = "PendingFileRenameOperations"

oReg.GetMultiStringValue HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,strKeyPath,strValueName,arrValues

If Not IsNull(arrValues) Then
For Each strValue In arrValues
Wscript.Echo strValue
Next
Else
Wscript.Echo "No Pending Reboot"
End If

</script>

Also for Server patch reboots please check the following page: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hansr/archive/2006/02/17/patchreboot.aspx
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by:jjoz
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ah yes, this is the code that i test and it works for me, now it's my turn to modify this script so that it can work for multiple server entry.
function Get-PendingReboot($computer = '.') {
	$hkey		= 'LocalMachine';
	$path_server	= 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ServerManager';
	$path_control	= 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control';
	$path_session	= join-path $path_control 'Session Manager';
	$path_name	= join-path $path_control 'ComputerName';
	$path_name_old	= join-path $path_name 'ActiveComputerName';
	$path_name_new	= join-path $path_name 'ComputerName';
	$path_wsus = ‘SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\RebootRequired’;

	$pending_rename	= 'PendingFileRenameOperations';
	$pending_rename_2	= 'PendingFileRenameOperations2';
	$attempts	= 'CurrentRebootAttempts';
	$computer_name	= 'ComputerName';

	$num_attempts	= 0;
	$name_old	= $null;
	$name_new	= $null;

	$reg= [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey]::OpenRemoteBaseKey($hkey, $computer);
	
	$key_wsus = $reg.OpenSubKey($path_wsus);
	if ($key_wsus -ne $null) {
		$wsus_values	= @($key_wsus.GetValueNames());
		if ($wsus_values) {
			$wsus_rbpending = $true
		} else {
			$wsus_rbpending = $false
		}
			$key_wsus.Close() | out-null;
	}
	
	if ((($session_values -contains $pending_rename) -or ($session_values -contains $pending_rename_2)) `
	-or (($num_attempts -gt 0) -or ($name_old -ne $name_new)) `
	-or ($wsus_rbpending)) {
		return $true;
	}
	else {
		return $false;
	}

	$key_session	= $reg.OpenSubKey($path_session);
	if ($key_session -ne $null) {
		$session_values	= @($key_session.GetValueNames());
		$key_session.Close() | out-null;
	}

	$key_server	= $reg.OpenSubKey($path_server);
	if ($key_server -ne $null) {
		$num_attempts = $key_server.GetValue($attempts);
		$key_server.Close() | out-null;
	}

	$key_name_old	= $reg.OpenSubKey($path_name_old);
	if ($key_name_old -ne $null) {
		$name_old = $key_name_old.GetValue($computer_name);
		$key_name_old.Close() | out-null;

		$key_name_new	= $reg.OpenSubKey($path_name_new);
		if ($key_name_new -ne $null) {
			$name_new = $key_name_new.GetValue($computer_name);
			$key_name_new.Close() | out-null;
		}
	}

	$reg.Close() | out-null;

	if ((($session_values -contains $pending_rename) `
	-or ($session_values -contains $pending_rename_2)) `
	-or (($num_attempts -gt 0) -or ($name_old -ne $name_new))) {
		return $true;
	}
	else {
		return $false;
	}
}

Get-PendingReboot "mossdev01"

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by:jjoz
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but if you specify OFFLINE server, it gets ERROR message like:
Exception calling "OpenRemoteBaseKey" with "2" argument(s): "Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation."
At :line:22 char:55
+ 	$reg= [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey]::OpenRemoteBaseKey <<<< ($hkey, $computer);

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by:mchkorg
mchkorg earned 1000 total points
ID: 33732375
Hi, I'm using Nagios to monitor tons of things on my linux+windows servers, including if WSUS patches are waiting to be applied *AND* when the computer needs to reboot.
Here it is:

create a script.wsf with this content (see attached)

It'll return a window with a message or a return code a and message you can get: "Reboot required"



I hope it'll help

<job>
<runtime>
<description>
Name:
  check_windows_updates (nrpe_nt-plugin) 1.5 based on check_msupdates (nrpe_nt-plugin) 1.0

License:
  The nagios plugins come with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You may redistribute
  copies of the plugins under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
  For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING.

Changelog / Contributors:
  2009 May - Albrecht Dress (albrecht.dress@arcor.de)
  2007 June - Micha Jankowski (fooky@pjwstk.edu.pl)
 
</description>
  <named
    name="h"
    helpstring="Help"
    type="simple"
    required="false"
  />
  <named
    name="w"
    helpstring="number of updates before warning status"
    type="string"
    required="false"
  />
  <named
    name="c"
    helpstring="number of updates before critical status "
    type="string"
    required="false"
  />  
</runtime>
<script language="VBScript">
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
' Const's and Var's
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
'Cons for return val's
Const intOK = 0
Const intWarning = 1
Const intCritical = 2
Const intUnknown = 3

' Cons for FSO
Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2

Dim updatesNames

'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
' Params
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
If Wscript.Arguments.Named.Exists("h") Then
    Wscript.Echo "Usage: check_windows_updates.wsf /w:1 /c:2"
    Wscript.Echo "/w: - number of updates before warning status "
    Wscript.Echo "/c: - number of updates before critical status "
End If

If Wscript.Arguments.Named.Exists("w") Then
    intWarningLvl = Cint(Wscript.Arguments.Named("w"))
Else
    intWarningLvl = 0
End If

If Wscript.Arguments.Named.Exists("c") Then
    intCriticLvl = Cint(Wscript.Arguments.Named("c"))
Else
    intCriticLvl = 0
End If

'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
' Main
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
Set objAutoUpdate = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.AutoUpdate")

intResultDetect = objAutoUpdate.DetectNow
If intResultDetect = 0 Then
Else
  WScript.Echo "WARNING: Unable to detect Automatic Updates."
  Wscript.Quit(intUnknown)
End If

Set objSession = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.Session")
Set objSearcher = objSession.CreateUpdateSearcher


intImportant = 0
intOptional = 0

Set objSysInfo = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.SystemInfo")
If objSysInfo.RebootRequired Then
  Wscript.Echo "Reboot required."
  Wscript.Quit(intWarning)
End If

Set result = objSearcher.Search("IsInstalled = 0 and IsHidden = 0")
Set colDownloads = result.Updates

For Each objEntry in colDownloads
  if objEntry.AutoSelectOnWebSites Then
    if intImportant = 0 Then
      importantNames = objEntry.Title
    else
      importantNames = importantNames & "; " & objEntry.Title
    End If
    intImportant = intImportant + 1
  Else
    If intOptional = 0 Then
      optionalNames = objEntry.Title
    Else
      optionalNames = optionalNames & "; " & objEntry.Title
    End If
    intOptional = intOptional + 1
  End If
Next

If intImportant + intOptional > 0 Then
   echoStr = "Updates: " & intImportant & " important, " & intOptional & " optional|"
   If intImportant > 0 Then
      echoStr = echoStr & "Important: " & importantNames
      If intOptional > 0 Then
        echoStr = echoStr & " (note: optional updates not listed)"
      End If
   Else
      echoStr = echoStr & "Optional: " & optionalNames
   End If
   WScript.Echo echoStr

    If intImportant > intCriticLvl Then
        Wscript.Quit(intCritical)
    End If

    If intImportant > intWarningLvl Then
        Wscript.Quit(intWarning)
    End If
    Wscript.Quit(intOK)  
Else
   WScript.Echo "No updates waiting or installing."
   Wscript.Quit(intOK)
End If

''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
' End
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
</script>
</job>

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by:jjoz
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wow, thanks for you reply mchkorg
do i have to manually run that script on my Windows Serve rand then install NAGIOS agent one by one ?
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by:mchkorg
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Let say, if you already have nagios in place or plan to have it, you'll easily use this script to detect your WSUS status in your monitoring.
But if you don't have it, you could for example run it with psexec (look for it at MS's site, formerly sysinternals) to script something on all your servers

1) Create a check_all_servers.bat with this in it:
@echo off
set ComputerList=myserver1 myserver2
for %%a in (%ComputerList%) do @call check_one.bat %%a
pause

2) In check_one.bat, you'll put:
@echo off
echo Checking server %1
psexec \\%1 -u admin_login -p his_password c:\windows\system32\cscript.exe /NoLogo /T:120 c:\check_windows_updates.wsf /w:0 /c:1
REM provided the .wsf script is named and placed here: c:\check_windows_updates.wsf

3) Run the check_all_servers.bat

I tested it all, some of my servers don't want to start the .wsf, I don't know why. I did not investigate further as it works for most of them.
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thanks ma n!
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