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Disable WSUS automatic restart

Posted on 2012-03-18
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Hello,

I have a WSUS server installed in a domain enviorment.

All servers in the domain are configured using a GPO to connect to the WSUS for updates.
The WSUS is installing the updates successfully, but after it finishes it FORCES a restart if no user is logged on.

Is there anyway to disable that completely?

I have already seen the GPO named "No auto-restart with logged on users..." but it works only if a user is logged on to the server which is not always the case.

The GPO is configured to "Download and schedule an install" the updates for a specific day of the week, but i want to disable the restart that is automatically happening after installation.
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Question by:ITdesk
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by:IT-Shrek
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Hello,

Windows Group Policies or WSUS Options do not offer a way to disable reboots on Server after Update Installation without a user logged on.
Use System Center Configurations Manager (SCCM) to push updates in Enterprise Environments to Server Systems.

Sincerly, Shrek
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by:larsrohr
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In our environment, where we have few enough Servers that we can afford to handle them individually, we address this by using a separate GPO.  Desktops get updates auto-installed, but Servers get a policy that says: download updates but do not install.

Then we can follow up on the patching of Servers on our own schedule.
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by:smihi19
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Hi,
try WuInstall (http://wuinstall.com/) it downloads and installs updates from Windows Update Server or WESUS, but you can decide when and if you want a restart or not.
I hope that helps.
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by:motnahp00
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Why not create two WSUS policies? One to install automatically on your clients and another to download and notify for install.
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by:Donald Stewart
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@motnahp00

http:#a37736402   <<<same thing
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by:ITdesk
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I do want the servers to install updates just not restart...
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by:motnahp00
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jr -> your link doesn't go anywhere but back to this page
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by:Donald Stewart
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@motnahp00

exactly, you're repeating what has already been mentioned in comment http:#a37736402  "we address this by using a separate GPO."

Your comment "Why not create two WSUS policies?"

same thing
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by:ITdesk
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I dont think you guys understand...

I DO want the server to INSTALL the updates... just not restart after installing them....
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Donald Stewart earned 500 total points
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Understand completely....you cant have it both ways though


If you have automatic install (option 4) you will also get automatic reboots (if the updates require them)

Your best option is to use download and notify and then use a script initiate installs/reboots


Best Practices with Windows Server Update Services 3.0
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720525%28v=ws.10%29.aspx


Managing the WSUS Automatic Updates Client Download, Install, and Reboot Behavior with Group Policy
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512630.aspx
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by:Donald Stewart
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Have a look at the script here

http://www.shockwave.me.uk/?p=36
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by:larsrohr
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dstewartjr is right -- to avoid the reboots, set the GPO to only download and notify.

That's the GPO I have for my servers, and I then manually (remote desktop connections) install the downloaded updates when I'm ready.  Using a third-party script as dstewartjr recommends to initiate the installs is certainly possible.
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by:motnahp00
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What is your problem?! It's a different post JR.
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by:Donald Stewart
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You repeated what larsrohr had already said, that's a problem 00
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by:motnahp00
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My apologies to larsrohr. You really need stop harassing me. It's getting pretty old.
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