Automatic Updates While Logged Off

By Cudmasters Los ·
Does automatic updates install the updates while logged off.
I have all employees shut their computers off at night, but they are complaining that they have to reboot during work hours because of the auto updates. What i thought i could do, is to have the computer, through the auto on in the bios, turn on a few hours before they come in and have the auto updates install that way. Any suggestions?


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RE: Does automatic updates install the updates while logged off.

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Automatic Updates While L ...

No the computer has to be running with the Admin Account open for the Auto Updates to work.

Also you'll get the reboot request when the Updates become available which may not be overnight for your part of the world.

As for suggestions this all depends on your Network and circumstances if you have a Server you could load Windows Update Service onto that and have it push out the Updates at a more convenient time for the staff to decrease downtime. Or you could set the systems to download Updates when available and then allow the users to install at the end of the day just before they shut down for the night. If you chose to download the updates when they become available and then allow the user to install they get a notification on the Task Bar and screen when there are updates available to install.


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Admin login

by Cudmasters Los In reply to RE: [i]Does automatic upd ...

When you mean admin account open, do you mean logged in. That might be a stupid question, just want to make sure I'm on the same page. Also, only a few select employees have admin rights. about 50 employees. There is an admin account, which is mine and then the employee account on each computer.The admin account is only logged in if I work on it.
Also, i have a ts, and a dc. i don't want to put too much on the ts, for we are growing. could i put it on the dc, or should i leave the dc free of any programs. Do the computers have t part of a domain, for WSUS to work? I was thinking about buying a sperate computer, and install server 2008 on it, to do the push?

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RE: do you mean logged in.

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Admin login

Well it all depends here on how the Setup is configured but if they can install Updates through the users accounts that will do.

But for a complete description of WSUS look here to find what suits your needs best.


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by Cudmasters Los In reply to RE: do you mean logged in ...

I am going to install the wsus on a spare computer that i just installed 2008 on, and see what happens. thanks for the website!!!

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Your welcome EOM

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Thanks
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some motherboards have that capability

by CG IT In reply to Automatic Updates While L ...

some don't. Some have the timed on/off feature where you can turn on and off as scheduled times.

you can use scheduled tasks to wake the computer at night, but then their on at night.

you can schedule the task to turn computers on couple days after patch tuesday to pickup updates and only run the task for one day a month.

Lots of options and WSUS is probably the best tool for managing patches.

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