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Automatic Updates

Posted on 2011-09-16
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I have a domain with about 1500, 2000 machines I have a WSUS server controlling updates.  I have a GPO with the following.. See Attached Screen Shot.

Is there a way to modify this so that the updates install automatically but the machine doesn't reboot?  Currently, It's set to download updates for me but let me choose when to install.  I want to change this to automatic but no reboot.  Is this possible? GPO Settings
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by:John Hurst
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Some updates require a reboot, and not doing one will cause issues. Worse, some updates cannot be done at all unless the previous reboot takes place. So if you change to automatic, you must let updates restart the computer. Best done overnight if you can. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:WellingtonIS
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I realize that however, this is a  hospital so no down time at all on 90% of the PC's.  My problem is the nurses do not install them at all so they just sit there.  I can have my IT staff go around and install them but it's a waste of time.  so I'd rather install them automatically and then I can have the machines rebooted.  Even if my uses shut off the machines at least they will get updated.  But I need to make sure that the computer will not automatically reboot on it's own.  That is a must.
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by:John Hurst
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If it is a *must* that the machine does not reboot on its own, then you need to use your prior setting (let user choose to install) and then have a process where those machines are restarted by the user when convenient.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:WellingtonIS
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So there's no way to install the updates without having the machine automatically reboot?  Even though the setting says no auto restart... in the GPO.  That will not stop an automatic reboot?  And there's nothing else on the local machine I can set either?
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by:John Hurst
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I have checked all the settings I can find locally. The issue as I see it is that automatic updates will leave the machine in a state of suspense if it cannot reboot. If it is "never" rebooted (say for a couple of weeks), the user may have other issues. Also, as I noted, there have been a few updates recently (all in one list) that won't happen until rebooted.

For me, in this situation, the "download but let me install" is the best compromise.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:WellingtonIS
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I think that maybe ok this way the user will be forced to reboot at some point.  I have to think about this one.
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No auto-restart for scheduled Automatic Updates installations
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328010

Perhaps in conjunction with a scheduled reboot (make sure to communicate with teh End Users, and allow AMPLE warning time before actual shutdown)....

This should allow your updates to happen, and then get processed when rebooted.
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by:WellingtonIS
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So far what I've done is enable the No auto restart in Group Policy.  I tested it on 1 machine this morning @ 11.  So far its 3:30 and the machine still hasn't rebooted.  I've added about 5 machines to the GPO to see if they will reboot.  I'm "assuming" I would need to do that registry fix on the local machines?  Can't do a scheduled reboot.  this is a hospital we work 24 x 7
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by:johnb6767
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Just apply the policy to a wider scope via OU, once you confirm it works satisfactorily....
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by:WellingtonIS
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I'll let you know after 11 I took about 5 machines and tried it as a test.  Thx for the help.
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by:johnb6767
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Still interested..... Looks like http:#36562830 could be a verified solution.....
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