WSUS :Configure Automatic Updates Disabled

Hi Experts,

I have an isolated windows environment with no internet connection. Up till now I was manually copying the WSUS content folder and database to the WSUS and patching the environment.

Due to new security requirement, I am told to disable  Configure Automatic Updates via GPO.   What are my options now? Is there any third party, Open Source tool or PowerShell scripts that will query the WSUS server and remotely deploy the windows/Microsoft updates to the workstations and servers?

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Guy LidbetterCommented:
Hi Deorali,

I am assuming the thought process behind this is not to disable updates, but remove the ability to change things by the user.

If you use a GPO to configure Automatic Updates to use WSUS the ability for users to change the setting would be greyed out.
Using a GPO to redirect Automatic Updates to a WSUS server:

Here is a great article on how to set this up properly.

Using client side targeting and a proper policy you can control exactly what goes down the pipe.
If you configure the PC to auto download and install, this will only happen once you approve the update for the computer group, and so can control when these get updated as well.


DeoraliAuthor Commented:
Hi Guy,

I am not trying to control what goes down the pipe. Currently, I have enabled automatic updates via GPO and approve the updates via WSUS  which is working fine.

But as per the new security requirements I need to completely disable Automatic Updates. If I disable Configure Automatic Update via group policy none of the clients will be able to receive any patches even if I approve it through the WSUS, right?

Guy LidbetterCommented:
In this case you are 100% right.

you could look at 3rd party patch management software like Shavlik to do the patch updates instead of windows update:

is the isolated site completely off the grid? as in no external access in any way? (Proxy, VPN etc)

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DeoraliAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guy.

Yes , environment is completely off the grid - no vpn/no proxy.
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