Due to the number of servers we manage I would like to control updates on a number of non-essential/utility servers via WSUS. We have a GPO set that is set to update such servers (approved updates) and reboot @ 3am (daily as needed).
I am seeing the appropriate servers installing updates but they are not rebooting as expected. The server status report indicated "Pending reboot" and the corresponding server console is requesting a restart to complete the updates.
1) Is the failure of the scheduled reboot as indicated by the GPO typical, and if so;
2) How can I best tell which servers have been updated and are awaiting a reboot?
My understanding is that best practice is not to leave a server in a transitional state so I'd like to understand when servers are in this state.
What are others out there doing, how is this being handled?