2008 Standard domain controller policy for client windows updates
Posted on 2014-11-21
I have a small network in my office. I am the network administrator.
I have a single DC, windows 2008 Standard server. I set it up from scratch.
I doubt this matters, but it is a virtual machine running on VMWARE ESXi 5.1
Most all PC's in the network are joined to the domain.
I want all PC's joined to the domain to download windows updates, but to ASK to install them. The middle of the night auto update reboots are infuriating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have made multiple attempts to resolve this, but I will admit Group Policy is incredibly confusing, and I can't find a straight step by step, go here, do this, go there do that, that will resolve my problem.
I have followed these steps:
Expand the local domain
Right click on Update services client computer policies.
Computer Configuration > Policies / Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.
Enable the setting and Set to: 3 - Auto download and notify to install.
But when I use gpupdate/force from the DC command prompt, followed by rebooting a domain PC. On that domain PC, I then go to: control panel>windows updates>change settings on the left side, and the settings still say install updates automatically, NOT auto download and notify for install (which is what I told the DC GPO to set it as) which is what I am expecting to be there.
#1 How do I Tell the DC to have a group policy that will tell the domain PC's to download updates and notify for install?
I am looking for a step by step instructions as to how to make this change. (based on my apparent level of knowledge. I don't need to be told what the start button is, but my frustration is that when I try to follow other net based instructions that say things like "Use an existing GPO, or add a new one", etc... I am lost as to how to do either of those, and then fall down on being able to go to the next steps...)
#2 How do I then test to see that the proper setting has been applied to the domain PC's?
Thanks to ALL of the EE community who take the time to read this, and even more thanks to ALL sincere help that is provided. YOU guys are greatly appreciated!!!
P.S. I don't see an option to put points onto this question. I would like to show my appreciation to anyone who provides the answer.