In article <uSvAY#zMKHA.504@newsgroup>,
> > >
> >> Hi All,
> >> I am getting a lot of confusing stuff about this out there on Google,
> >> so I thought I'd just ask.
> >> I have a ws03 server. I want to do the following, from the command
> >> line (scheduled tasks):
> >> 1) shutdown the computer
> >> 2) install any Microsoft updates that are pending
> >> 3) automatically restart the computer
> >> Has to be all unattended (scheduled tasks).
> >> Many thanks,
> >> -T
> Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS] wrote:
> > Hello ToddAndMargo,
> > On a server you should better control it by yourself and if you have a
> > production environment, you should also test updates before installing.
> Hi Meinolf,
> You are of course, correct.
> Problem is that the former consultant charged U$D 250.00 to
> do this on a weekly basis and the customer is justifiably
> sensitive about this. Is there a compromise where his
> updates can be done before he get in in the morning?
> Many thanks,
We connect on a monthly basis, with the servers set to download but not
install, and if a really critical update is needed we will install that
update along, out of our cycle - we're always a couple weeks behind the
updates from MS because we test them on our own servers before
installing them on customers servers.
In most cases it takes a few minutes, remotely, to install updates, and
we can often do 4-6 customers servers at that same time.
One thing - I never do server updates via Remote Desktop, not even with
the /CONSOLE switch - I've had to many instances where a pop-up wasn't
showing via RD and the server just hung until we could get to a real
screen. I normally use VNC or UltraVNC for doing server updates.
I also don't do a start/restart, I use a Shutdown /f /r /t 5 command -
this seems to almost never hang the server while you can be kicked out
and not permitted back in if you do a start/restart from a RD session.
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