I need to issue the Update and Restart command not just Restart



  • WSUS has been working great in our environment since I set it up a few months ago. One issue, I am having is the fact that Servers and PCs dont necessarily always automatically restart after installing updates. This is no big deal since I schedule restarts of PCs nightly and I can schedule to reboot Server(s) if I know they need to be rebooted. The problem is that when I schedule a restart it reboots the PC just fine, but it does not finish it updates. When rebooting a PC or Server from the GUI, it gives you the option to update and shutdown or just restart.



  • Maybe this GPO can guide you?
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  • Here is one of my 25 target groups

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  • My GPOs are working and they are receiving updates. Sometimes they automatically reboot and sometimes they dont. Which isnt a big deal, I dont mind doing it manually. I just want to find a way to force them to restart and install updates



  • Another reason to go with Windows 8 - computers will aut0-reboot for updates after a few days.

    Otherwise, you can set a deadline on the updates when you approve them, which will force reboot.



  • @alexntg said:

    Another reason to go with Windows 8 - computers will aut0-reboot for updates after a few days.

    Otherwise, you can set a deadline on the updates when you approve them, which will force reboot.

    Yes sir. I have been rebooting my 2012 R2 Servers and I notice that they schedule to restart in 2 days



  • I really dont mind doing it manually, but I dont know of a way to force the update part



  • @IRJ said:

    I really dont mind doing it manually, but I dont know of a way to force the update part

    The update itself is happening as long as WSUS reports it. The reboot is when it's applied.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @IRJ said:

    I really dont mind doing it manually, but I dont know of a way to force the update part

    The update itself is happening as long as WSUS reports it. The reboot is when it's applied.

    Right. I want to be able to force the reboot to apply the update at will.



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    I don't see a setting that appears to allow you to do that.



  • I am looking for a shutdown.exe switch, but I dont think there is one



  • Are you looking for something you can just run as a script? I would think that that PowerShell remoting and some short code could tell you if a reboot is needed and then allow you to powercycle at will.



  • @Bill-Kindle said:

    Are you looking for something you can just run as a script? I would think that that PowerShell remoting and some short code could tell you if a reboot is needed and then allow you to powercycle at will.

    Here is the whole story.

    Over the last week or so, I have noticed that some Servers are behind on updates. I realized they were behind on updates because they needed reboots to continue updating. The first day I noticed this, I scheduled them to reboot via PDQ. The reboot happened fine, but the updates did not finish installing.

    When I used VNC to remote into this PCs, i noticed that there was 4 different options "Shutdown, Update and Shutdown, Update and Restart, Restart" I had to manually click Update and Restart to finish the process. Since you can restart and shutdown computers silently. I figured there was a way to "Update and Restart" them silently. That is what I am looking to do.



  • In the GPO for the servers, are you telling them to install the updates and wait for a reboot? or are you telling the servers to notify and allow the local user to decide when to install?

    I'm guessing the former.



  • @Dashrender said:

    In the GPO for the servers, are you telling them to install the updates and wait for a reboot? or are you telling the servers to notify and allow the local user to decide when to install?

    I'm guessing the former.

    I am choosing "4 - Auto download and schedule the install" which downloads them and schedules the install in the early AM. Sometimes it reboots them automatically and sometimes it doesnt. I am not sure why that happens



  • @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:

    In the GPO for the servers, are you telling them to install the updates and wait for a reboot? or are you telling the servers to notify and allow the local user to decide when to install?

    I'm guessing the former.

    I am choosing "4 - Auto download and schedule the install" which downloads them and schedules the install in the early AM. Sometimes it reboots them automatically and sometimes it doesnt. I am not sure why that happens

    Are users still logged in?



  • @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    @Dashrender said:

    In the GPO for the servers, are you telling them to install the updates and wait for a reboot? or are you telling the servers to notify and allow the local user to decide when to install?

    I'm guessing the former.

    I am choosing "4 - Auto download and schedule the install" which downloads them and schedules the install in the early AM. Sometimes it reboots them automatically and sometimes it doesnt. I am not sure why that happens

    Are users still logged in?

    Maybe, but not active. No one really works outside of business hours here.

    The thing is I issue reboot commands, and the PC reboots but the updates still dont install.



  • Have you started issuing deadlines for updates?


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