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    Force to install updates on shutdown or reboot

    Hi,

    I am after a way to force updates to be installed when I user either reboots or shutdown. Is this possible? Can you do it with a script or something?

    I know you can schedule updates to install at certain times but sometimes the machines are not on at that time.

    Thanks

    Z

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    Why is this a problem FN-GM?

    I use WSUS. If the machine isn't available at the update time (1pm daily here for WSUS), it simply applies the updates at the next shutdown by default.

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    I don't think so. If it's asleep though, Vista will wake the machine up at the time you've specified to apply updates, so that might be worth investigating.

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    I seam to remember having an issue with updates not applying as quickly as I would have liked, and found a deadline setting. I set it to the current date and then this seamed to deploy the updates asap.
    Too busy to fire up wsus console right now to find it, but it cant be hard to find.

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    Looks like the best that can be done with group policies is to make the default option 'shut down and install updates".
    You could schedule updates I suppose, maybe have a WOL script running at night and your WSUS schedule to run then?

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    i use shutdown.exe to manage the computers, will the group policy work with this?

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    Looks like the best that can be done with group policies is to make the default option 'shut down and install updates".
    This only makes the option available. It doesn't force it to be the only Shutdown option.

    @FN-GM - I'd say your best bet would be to force deadlines for particular groups of computers. I think this would be your best bet. It can annoy some users however if they're forced to end their session for a machine to reboot.

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    We we tried this, but the head demanded it was taken off

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    We we tried this, but the head demanded it was taken off
    Enable a restrictive Network Access Policy and tell him to deal with it :P Data Protection and what not


    There's a script somewhere on wsus.info that forces a machine to install updates and then decides what to do after - I remember seeing it a year or so ago, haven't been able to find it since though. It was a very handy script - I believe it would even work across the network.

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