Controlling distribution of Windows updates with WSUS server

Hello experts - I have a bunch of unhappy laptop users who are continually having to wait for Windows updates at what always seems to be the most inopportune times.  I release updates every Thursday morning and inevitably one of the laptop users starts getting them right before a big meeting.  I have the system set to not allow users to defer updates since, in my experience, they will defer them indefinitely leaving their systems vulnerable.  Most laptop users take their machines home at night which means they wind up getting them during the day.  I'm wondering if there is a better way to do this.  Is it possible to specify exact install times for individual machines?
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
> I release updates every Thursday morning and inevitably one of the laptop users starts getting them right before a big meeting.

How about schedule it for the afternoon? Then again... who knows when the next big meeting will be.

Still, the updates must be done sometime.

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McKnifeCommented:
In WIn7, there's the option in the shutdown menu to "install updates and shutdown" - this option is recommended.
danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
What I was hoping to do is target just the laptop users with a specific time for each (that they can choose) but its looking like that isn't possible just using WSUS.  Is there perhaps an add on or even a better alternative with more fine grained control like what I would like to do?
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
There's an option when you approve updates to set a deadline.  IIRC, the way this works is that if the updates haven't been installed by the deadline, it's forced and the workstation will reboot without any intervention by the user.  Now, this sounds bad in general, but perhaps in your case it would work to allow the users to control in some way when the updates are installed. First, you'd want to set up a special update group for the laptops so that regular workstation users wouldn't be affected.  Then, for the laptop users, you can allow the option to postpone the updates but use a deadline known to them so at a time when they don't have a meeting for the next 1/2 hour or so, they can OK the updates and allow the laptop to restart.

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danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Ok, sounds like my best option.  Thanks!
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