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WSUS Enforce max number of postpones

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Hi all, im giving my customers the option to postpone the restart after the patches, but i want to set a maximum limit on this. Is this possible with WSUS

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by:awawada
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I work with this GPO:

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Did not have any issues or complaints till today.
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Hi m just testing it before rolling it out. Will those settings force a reboot after a certain time. Ive tested it with these settings and i keep postponing them. But can i set it so that I can enforce reboot after say 3 times
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Hi

Will those settings force a reboot after a certain time
No not for automatic updates when the user is logged on.

Your have to enable:
No auto-restart with logged on users....
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Thanks also when i have set it to option 4 download and install automatically, XP prompts for them to be installed can this be done the same as Windows 7. They are using the same GPO. Thanks for your help much appreciated
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You want to have this Box also on Windows 7?
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no i dont want the box to appear. i would like it to silently install and only prompt for reboot. thanks
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 127 total points
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you can't enforce the number of times you've allowed it to wait. Again no you can't change what the user sees  the differences are operating system dependant
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Thanks David, i didn't think it was possible. Would be a nice feature. Will the re prompt for  restart with scheduled installations force a reboot after that time?
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no the user can keep delaying the reboot indefinitely.
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how do you deal with the reboots? Thanks
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Also on the XP devices. Why does it not install the update automatically and it only prompts to install either by express or on shutdown?
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Go over:

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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Thanks Also on the XP devices. Why does it not install the update automatically and it only prompts to install either by express or on shutdown?
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That is completely normal when there are updates that didnt get installed during the scheduled install time<<< This usually happens if there was a pending reboot.
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Also if you schedule updates, users are for the most part not bothered by the reboot prompt.
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Thanks i will try that out. That's the idea, but these clients have a long way to go before they get to a reasonable patch level. Great info from all thanks
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thanks guys
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