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Forcing windows updates

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  • Hello all,

    I was wondering if anyone could answer a question I have in regards to forcing windows updates.  We currently use a WSUS server that will send updates out to users. The roadblock we are running into is users not restarting their computers to apply the updates. Is there a way to notify someone X amount of times and then on, say, the 4th time, we force a reboot? Thank you in advance!

    Thursday, October 06, 2016 7:56 PM

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  • Hi TJ818,

    You can control the domain-joined desktop reboot behavior after receiving Windows Updates from WSUS using Group Policy. It is able to notify and prompt for a restart to the user and the user can response within a specified time frame to postpone the restart. But I don't think it has the capability to calculate how many times it has prompted and force a restart because it has reached x number of prompts.

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    Thursday, October 06, 2016 11:26 PM
  • Hi TJ,

    >The roadblock we are running into is users not restarting their computers to apply the updates.

    Please check what AU policies applied on your WSUS clients. If you use GPO to deploy WSUS client, you may check "Computer Configuration">"Policies">"Administrative Templates">"Windows Components">"Windows Update", check if related policies is enabled, such as "No auto-restart with logon users" or "Delay restart for scheduled installation".

    You may configure related Windows Update policies to meet your requirements about windows update.

    Best Regards,

    Anne


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    Friday, October 07, 2016 2:40 AM
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  • Hi TJ818,

    You can control the domain-joined desktop reboot behavior after receiving Windows Updates from WSUS using Group Policy. It is able to notify and prompt for a restart to the user and the user can response within a specified time frame to postpone the restart. But I don't think it has the capability to calculate how many times it has prompted and force a restart because it has reached x number of prompts.

    Reference

    Hope it helps. :)


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    Thursday, October 06, 2016 11:26 PM
  • Hi TJ,

    >The roadblock we are running into is users not restarting their computers to apply the updates.

    Please check what AU policies applied on your WSUS clients. If you use GPO to deploy WSUS client, you may check "Computer Configuration">"Policies">"Administrative Templates">"Windows Components">"Windows Update", check if related policies is enabled, such as "No auto-restart with logon users" or "Delay restart for scheduled installation".

    You may configure related Windows Update policies to meet your requirements about windows update.

    Best Regards,

    Anne


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    Friday, October 07, 2016 2:40 AM
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  • Hi TJ,

    Could the above replies be of help? If yes, you may mark it as answer, if not, feel free to feed back.

    Best Regards,

    Anne


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    Monday, October 24, 2016 2:01 AM
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