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Restarting Windows server after updating/patching

Posted on 2011-09-17
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I often come across Windows servers that have been patched/updated but not booted by mistake. I assume this is supposed to happen automatically after WSUS does it job. However, to finish the updates I am only allowed to turn the server off, not reboot. Why is that? Does Microsoft recomend cold reboots for some of its patches?
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Hi itnifl. The settings you describe are not standard. Someone in your organization has set policies to disable restart on the servers for some reason. To begin to understand how this happened you could examine Group Policy's "Resultant Set of Policy" by typing the following on a command line:
rsop.msc

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This will open a GP console with only the active changes shown. To find the restart option, drill down under: User configuration > Administrative templates > Windows Components then select Start Menu and Taskbar Options. You should see some modifications here that pertain to your computer.

While you're there, take a look at the Windows Update settings: Drill down under:
Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Windows Update
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