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    Dear all

    I have installed a WSUS server with Active Directory. I have enabled group policy in Windows Update
    "No Auto-Restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations". But still windows
    is restarting after installation of updates on clients and server itself . How to resolve this issue thanks.

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    Was there a user logged in when it restarted? If no one is logged in then it will restart.

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    Yes user is logged in
    Quote Originally Posted by Ashm View Post
    Was there a user logged in when it restarted? If no one is logged in then it will restart.

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    If you force update deadlines in WSUS, the server or workstation will force through a reboot to complete the installation.

    If this isn't it, then compare your GPOs with how I've setup mine here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    If you force update deadlines in WSUS, the server or workstation will force through a reboot to complete the installation.

    If this isn't it, then compare your GPOs with how I've setup mine here.
    thanks for your excellent reply but if i approve to install an update with no deadline how much time is required for installation

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    It takes as long as it needs and installs updates slowly. Typically it takes days depending on the number of updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labist View Post
    Dear all

    I have installed a WSUS server with Active Directory. I have enabled group policy in Windows Update
    "No Auto-Restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations". But still windows
    is restarting after installation of updates on clients and server itself . How to resolve this issue thanks.
    Hi, you could try WuInstall. It allows you to start windows updates on demand and you can also specify if you want a restart or not. It is a command line tool and you can download it from their website, just google for wuinstall.

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    From their website:

    • The administrator (or the user) can decide when he wants to look for updates and if he wants to download and install them
    • No annoying reboots during work
    • No hold-ups on Microsoft Patch Day
    • The installation progress can be displayed and one can set time limits for installing updates
    • It is possible to search for updates by product names and to use regular expression to find specific patches.
    • One can temporarily bypass WSUS, which can be useful if one wants to check for the availability of a certain patch that has not yet been downloaded to one’s WSUS server.
    • Log files for all processes are available.
    • WuInstall is a command line tool and can therefore be facilitated by virtually any other program. For example, it can be run in a shutdown script to install updates when users do not need the machine.
    So , it's like WSUS, but in a command line (and so less intuative to use). Which you sell? To people who already have WSUS?

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    I found .NET framework updates tend to misbehave and ignore the GP restart setting - I've seen a whole ICT suite restart itself simultaneously! Our original .net files are installed via MSI not WSUS and I think this causes problems too.

    Check through your logs (On the Local Machine they are here: c:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log) and see if it is one particular update causing the problem. If so, disable it and put it in the naughty corner until you can install it in a controlled fashion.

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    Good thread! answered one of my questions I've been longing to find!

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    Hi

    I find that with some updates it reboots even with the reboot option disabled in gpo. It appears to be ones that change essential components. I have never found a solution to this and have had to live with it as updated machines is more essential than the occasional reboot.

    Richard

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    Yay, finally fixed the problem with WSUS....

    *ping*

    ...and there goes my MIS server with an automatic reboot.

    Blasted thing...

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