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Can you control when windows updates actually download?

Posted on 2012-04-10
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In the install updates automatically option you can specify when to install.  Can you specify with group policy or windows update when to download?  Can't find that anywhere.
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by:Anuroopsundd
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Right click on MY computer.. click on properties.

select windows update.. and here you can specify time and what to do..
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by:dshewmaker74
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Yes, but you can only select when to install, not when to download.
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by:Geodash
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Are you talking on a server like WSUS or a client?
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by:dshewmaker74
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Specifically clients using WSUS or group policy or windows update.
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then option is --- check for update but let me choose when to download and install.
.. and have to mannually update.
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by:dshewmaker74
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Wow, I find it hard to believe that there is no way other than the manual option to throttle or download at another time.

Thanks Anuroopsundd, that is a correct answer but not the one I wanted. I will wait a bit to see if some genius has a way to do this before awarding points.
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Donald Stewart earned 1800 total points
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I believe these are what you are looking for.


Setting Up and Running Synchronizations

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708517%28v=ws.10%29.aspx


WSUS: How To Throttle BITS


http://blogs.technet.com/b/sus/archive/2008/06/30/wsus-how-to-throttle-bits.aspx


^^With BITS throttling, you can control the times of day that the updates use the most bandwidth to download^^
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by:dshewmaker74
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Thanks, that was what I was looking for.
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