Window update auto reboot schedule

Posted on 2014-10-19
Last Modified: 2014-10-23
I have configure Window Update setting to "Install Update automatically (recommended). Is it possible to configure a reboot schedule , say make sure it reboot during the weekend ? I'm have Window 2008 & 2012 servers,

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by:Norm Dickinson
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You should be able to control this from Control Panel > Windows Updates. Click on Change Settings. Choose the day and time you wish to use.

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Attached please find the setting on my Window 2012. I can't find a setting related to reboot time. Tks
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by:Seth Simmons
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configure group policy
computer configuration -> administrative templates -> windows components -> windows update
change 'configure automatic updates' to 4 for auto download and schedule the install
then choose the scheduled day and time
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becraig earned 200 total points
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You can schedule a reboot but I would suggest you check for a pending reboot then restart the computer.

You can set a scheduled task to run each weekend and have it check for a pending reboot.

Here is an easy script you can schedule:
# Filename:      CheckForPendingReboot.ps1
# Description:   Imports a list of computers from a CSV file and then checks each of the
#                computers for the RebootPending registry key. If the key is present, 
#                the script restarts the computer upon confirmation from the user.

$CSVPath = "C:\myscripts\computers.csv"
$Computers = Import-CSV -Path $CSVPath 

ForEach ($Machine in $Computers)
   $baseKey = [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey]::OpenRemoteBaseKey("LocalMachine", $Machine.computername)
   $key = $baseKey.OpenSubKey("Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\")
   $subkeys = $key.GetSubKeyNames()

   If ($subkeys | Where {$_ -eq "RebootPending"}) 
      Write-Host "There is a pending reboot for" $Machine.computername
      Restart-Computer -ComputerName $Machine.computername -confirm
      Write-Host "No reboot is pending for" $Machine.computername

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To configure group policy, can I just configure it on the local policy (ie, a single server itself) rather than the Domain policy ?  

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Seth Simmons earned 300 total points
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group policy makes it easier if you have a large number of systems but if there is only a small number and you don't mind touching individually you can do that also.  just open gpedit.msc and navigate to the same place i mentioned earlier
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by:Norm Dickinson
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Alternately you can always set it to not be automatic and instead require interaction before installation of the updates.

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