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Windows updates missing "check online for updates" option

Posted on 2012-03-19
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When I click on Windows Updates on one SBS 2008 server I do not have the option to "check online for updates from Microsoft Update." On other SBS 2008 servers I do have that option.

Any idea why that option is missing?
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Question by:ajdratch
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wshark83 earned 500 total points
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try this:

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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:ajdratch
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I compared the GPO with others and they were the same. Turns out the update GPO links weren't enabled so it was probably getting updates from Windows servers anyway. You did get me in the right place so thanks for that
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