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Keep Windows Clients up-to-date

Since some clients are always powered on, the Windows installation does not work.

Typically, Windows clients are set up to automatically install updates. However, there are instances when this doesn't work, especially for clients that are always powered on. When an update requires a reboot, the installation process gets stuck indefinitely, preventing any further updates from being installed.

To address this issue, we have come up with the following solution:

  1. Create a Cron Job, once a Day e.g. every Wednesday early in the morning
  1. The job should have a long runtime. e.g. > 5 hours
  1. Check if a reboot is required
      • if not => Just force the normal Windows Update Installation
      • if a reboot is required => Send a Message to currently logged-in user and reboot

We have tested this approach with various customers, and the users have responded positively. While no one enjoys installing Windows updates, this Cron Job strikes a good balance between ensuring security by installing updates and minimizing disruption for users. Additionally, you can exclude certain hardware for special users.

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