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

Posted on 2014-11-03
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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.

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by:Stampel
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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
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by:GR JN
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Thanks. I was under the impression that since SCCM is deploying the updates, the windows update service does not come into effect here.
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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.
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