Windows updates manual or automatic

cgeorgeisaac used Ask the Experts™
Is there a way to find out on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 R2:

1. If Windows update has been set up manually or automatically
2. if set up automatically,  how to find out if it is set up correctly  and working  properly from the WSUS server
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Nick RhodeIT Director
Top Expert 2013

With WSUS I assume there is a group policy in place to manage the user updates.  In the GPO you can specify the WSUS server and setup times, automatic/manual, and forced reboots or prompts on restarts etc.  That is where you tell all your client systems to look for updates etc.
Take a look directly at the registry key:


You should see the keys WUServer and WUStatusServer which should have the the locations of the specific servers.

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In addition, we could check below group policy settings on local computer:

Computer Configuration à Administrative Templates à Windows Components à Windows Update à Click on Specify intranet Microsoft Update Service Location

And in Windowsupdate.log we also could tell whethe this computer use WSUS for updates.

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