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A restart is needed - pc will automatically restart the next time you sign in.

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  • Hi!

    My 2008 servers restart at the time as I configured with GPO. The servers to automatically restart during night time when it has installed updates from the wsus server.

    - But mine 2012 servers don’t automatically restart?
    - And I don’t want administrators logon to the server to receive a “popup”, restart now, or a count down during daytime…

    After reading on the web, for an example:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/9714c384-ffed-4561-8349-32fd1dace9f9/

    It seems like server 2012 windows update, will not restart if a user is logged in:
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    Also I have noticed one more thing, in 2008 R2 and previous versions if you disable ''No-auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations'' in GPO settings then the servers will just reboot irrespective of users logged in or not. But in 2012 it’s not happening the same way, after the installation it says the server will reboot within 2 days, if you don't restart it now.

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    I understand that if a Enabled:
    ''No-auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations''
    The “popup” stops but now it will not automatically restart.

    I can see this as an improvement for standard users with Windows 8 (72 h wait, and son on so they can choose)

    What am I missing or what are your suggestions?
    To get server 2012 to automatically install and reboot, even if a user is log in on the server?
    And don’t count down when the administrator logon to the 2012 servers?

    Regards
    /Jonas

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 1:11 PM

Answers

  • Hi Jonas,


    For Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, the policy: Configure Automatic Updates has no effect. You may need to configure the policy: Automatic Maintenance Activation Boundary instead.


    Details:


    Policy Name: Configure Automatic Updates.


    Help:


    Specifies whether this computer will receive security updates and other important downloads through the Windows automatic updating service.


    This setting lets you specify whether automatic updates are enabled on this computer. If the service is enabled, you must select one of the four options in the Group Policy Setting:


    2 = Notify before downloading any updates and notify again before installing them.


    When Windows finds updates that apply to this computer, an icon appears in the status area with a message that updates are ready to be downloaded. Clicking the icon or message provides the option to select the specific updates to download. Windows then downloads the selected updates in the background. When the download is complete, the icon appears in the status area again, with a notification that the updates are ready to be installed. Clicking the icon or message provides the option to select which updates to install.


    3 = (Default setting) Download the updates automatically and notify when they are ready to be installed


    Windows finds updates that apply to the computer and downloads these updates in the background (the user is not notified or interrupted during this process). When the download is complete, the icon appears in the status area, with a notification that the updates are ready to be installed. Clicking the icon or message provides the option to select which updates to install.


    4 = Automatically download updates and install them on the schedule specified below


    Specify the schedule using the options in the Group Policy Setting. If no schedule is specified, the default schedule for all installations will be every day at 3:00 AM. If any updates require a restart to complete the installation, Windows will restart the computer automatically. (If a user is signed in to the computer when Windows is ready to restart, the user will be notified and given the option to delay the restart.)


    On Windows 8 and Windows RT: The option for specifying schedule in the Group Policy Setting has no effect. The scheduling option can be specified in Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Maintenance Scheduler->Maintenance Activation Boundary. If no schedule is specified, the default schedule for all installations will be during the default maintenance window at 3 AM. If any security updates require a restart to complete the installation, Windows will restart the computer automatically after notifying the user about an upcoming auto restart for a period of time. If a user is signed in to the computer and there is a potential of loss of state or data when Windows is ready to restart, the restart will be delayed to the next time the user unlocks the computer.


    5 = Allow local administrators to select the configuration mode that Automatic Updates should notify and install updates


    With this option, local administrators will be allowed to use the Automatic Updates control panel to select a configuration option of their choice. For example, they can choose their own scheduled installation time. Local administrators will not be allowed to disable the configuration for Automatic Updates.


    To use this setting, click Enabled, and then select one of the options (2, 3, 4, or 5). If you select 4, you can set a recurring schedule (if no schedule is specified, all installations will occur every day at 3:00 AM). On Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can set the schedule in Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Maintenance Scheduler-> Maintenance Activation Boundary. If no schedule is specified, all installations will occur during the default maintenance window at 3 AM.


    If the status is set to Enabled, Windows recognizes when this computer is online and uses its Internet connection to search Windows Update for available updates.


    If the status is set to Disabled, any updates that are available on Windows Update must be downloaded and installed manually. To do this, go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com or click Start, click Programs (or click All Programs), and then click Windows Update.


    If the status is set to Not Configured, use of Automatic Updates is not specified at the Group Policy level. However, an administrator can still configure Automatic Updates through Control Panel.


    On Windows RT the configure automatic updates option in Local Group Policy will have no effect.


    Regarding how to force a restart, please refer to this article:


    How to force automatic restarts after important updates in Windows 8

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835627


    More information:

    [TechNet Thread] Server 2012 and Windows Update Schedule - only option is daily installation?

    Automatic Maintenance


    Hope this helps.


    Jeremy Wu
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:44 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Jonas,


    For Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, the policy: Configure Automatic Updates has no effect. You may need to configure the policy: Automatic Maintenance Activation Boundary instead.


    Details:


    Policy Name: Configure Automatic Updates.


    Help:


    Specifies whether this computer will receive security updates and other important downloads through the Windows automatic updating service.


    This setting lets you specify whether automatic updates are enabled on this computer. If the service is enabled, you must select one of the four options in the Group Policy Setting:


    2 = Notify before downloading any updates and notify again before installing them.


    When Windows finds updates that apply to this computer, an icon appears in the status area with a message that updates are ready to be downloaded. Clicking the icon or message provides the option to select the specific updates to download. Windows then downloads the selected updates in the background. When the download is complete, the icon appears in the status area again, with a notification that the updates are ready to be installed. Clicking the icon or message provides the option to select which updates to install.


    3 = (Default setting) Download the updates automatically and notify when they are ready to be installed


    Windows finds updates that apply to the computer and downloads these updates in the background (the user is not notified or interrupted during this process). When the download is complete, the icon appears in the status area, with a notification that the updates are ready to be installed. Clicking the icon or message provides the option to select which updates to install.


    4 = Automatically download updates and install them on the schedule specified below


    Specify the schedule using the options in the Group Policy Setting. If no schedule is specified, the default schedule for all installations will be every day at 3:00 AM. If any updates require a restart to complete the installation, Windows will restart the computer automatically. (If a user is signed in to the computer when Windows is ready to restart, the user will be notified and given the option to delay the restart.)


    On Windows 8 and Windows RT: The option for specifying schedule in the Group Policy Setting has no effect. The scheduling option can be specified in Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Maintenance Scheduler->Maintenance Activation Boundary. If no schedule is specified, the default schedule for all installations will be during the default maintenance window at 3 AM. If any security updates require a restart to complete the installation, Windows will restart the computer automatically after notifying the user about an upcoming auto restart for a period of time. If a user is signed in to the computer and there is a potential of loss of state or data when Windows is ready to restart, the restart will be delayed to the next time the user unlocks the computer.


    5 = Allow local administrators to select the configuration mode that Automatic Updates should notify and install updates


    With this option, local administrators will be allowed to use the Automatic Updates control panel to select a configuration option of their choice. For example, they can choose their own scheduled installation time. Local administrators will not be allowed to disable the configuration for Automatic Updates.


    To use this setting, click Enabled, and then select one of the options (2, 3, 4, or 5). If you select 4, you can set a recurring schedule (if no schedule is specified, all installations will occur every day at 3:00 AM). On Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can set the schedule in Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Maintenance Scheduler-> Maintenance Activation Boundary. If no schedule is specified, all installations will occur during the default maintenance window at 3 AM.


    If the status is set to Enabled, Windows recognizes when this computer is online and uses its Internet connection to search Windows Update for available updates.


    If the status is set to Disabled, any updates that are available on Windows Update must be downloaded and installed manually. To do this, go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com or click Start, click Programs (or click All Programs), and then click Windows Update.


    If the status is set to Not Configured, use of Automatic Updates is not specified at the Group Policy level. However, an administrator can still configure Automatic Updates through Control Panel.


    On Windows RT the configure automatic updates option in Local Group Policy will have no effect.


    Regarding how to force a restart, please refer to this article:


    How to force automatic restarts after important updates in Windows 8

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835627


    More information:

    [TechNet Thread] Server 2012 and Windows Update Schedule - only option is daily installation?

    Automatic Maintenance


    Hope this helps.


    Jeremy Wu
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:44 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi!

    Thanks, this was what I where looking for. 

    - On Windows 8 and Windows RT: The option for specifying schedule in the Group Policy Setting has no effect. The scheduling option can be specified in Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Maintenance Scheduler->Maintenance Activation Boundary.

    - How to force automatic restarts after important updates in Windows 8
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835627

    Thanks!

    /Jonas

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:41 PM