How to ensure Microsoft SCCM updates never cause restarts to user's PCs during work hours

Hi,

Every month we push out monthly updates via SCCM to certain distribution groups in batches. Occasionally one gets hung up and causes a restart during office hours which causes a disruption in work. We currently have a maintenance window scheduled for each group and have "Automatically install or uninstall required software and restart the computer only outside of the specified business hours" checked off through a script. Is there any known ways to reassure that the Software Center cannot restart PCs during specific hours besides the two ways stated above. Once the restart kicks off from the server we cannot stop the restart which causes issues throughout our environment.

Thanks.
Rammy CharlesSales EngineerAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

StampelCommented:
If you manage to setup a policy on the user's PC that will disable Windows Update service during work hours, the PC's will never restart before you turn the service back on.

sc stop wuauserv
sc config wuauserv start= disabled

sc start wuauserv
sc config wuauserv start= delayed-auto
0
Rammy CharlesSales EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I was under the impression that since SCCM is deploying the updates, the windows update service does not come into effect here.
0
StampelCommented:
I think that even if you apply patches through SCCM, the machines (PC) should restart only during their defined maintanence window.
So preferably if you set maintenance windows in windowsUpdate parameters through a policy, that should do the trick the proper way.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
IT Administration

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.