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    please heeelp anyone good with IT

    Our IT manager is off today and so I'm covering (I'm the web developer, so not 100% clued up on this sort of thing)

    All the machines have downloaded a Windows update and so are prompting "restart now" or "restart later" - this isn't a problem with all the users machines, but it is for all the servers, if they restart it will basically send the whole company in to meltdown :-X

    Is it safe to just ignore this message for now? they are all running Windows 2000 server, it's not going to automatically reboot all the servers after a certain amount of time has elapsed is it? with my vista machine it give an option something like "remind me in XX time" but these don't have that.

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    Click on the 'Run' command and type this:

    net stop "automatic updates"


    This will stop the annoying restart message appearing so you don't have to restart your computers.

    If your IT manager is any good he will have set automatic updates on servers to download only, and manual install only.

    If, however, the updates have already been installed on the servers and they are all sitting at "reboot now or later", then you are fine to click on "later" for as long as you want, ie until night time or another good time when you can reboot without causing hassle to the users.

    I think you should reboot and let all hell break loose, that will teach the IT manager to have a day off..


    lol

    Babbabooey;5878150

    If your IT manager is any good he will have set automatic updates on … If your IT manager is any good he will have set automatic updates on servers to download only, and manual install only.If, however, the updates have already been installed on the servers and they are all sitting at "reboot now or later", then you are fine to click on "later" for as long as you want, ie until night time or another good time when you can reboot without causing hassle to the users.



    The only problem is that after clicking on 'restart later' a few times, it will eventually force you to restart by displaying a countdown before it reboots the computer.

    Spriggan;5878169

    The only problem is that after clicking on 'restart later' a few times, … The only problem is that after clicking on 'restart later' a few times, it will eventually force you to restart by displaying a countdown before it reboots the computer.



    No it doesn't.

    dont you have the IT managers number that you can just ring and ask him???:? Im sure if you do something 'wrong' people will understand it isnt your actual job and that you're just covering

    Original Poster

    Thank you both for the replies, net stop "automatic updates" did the trick on my machine great - if Windows isn't going to reboot automatically then thats fine, the prompt isn't really a problem and I'll just leave it be. Babbabooey, the best time is tomorrow onwards, when the IT manager is back and so I don't have to worry about it

    Thanks again.

    It does on XP:
    http://www.friedbeef.com/wp-content/images/Weblog/HowtoStopWindowsNaggingYoutoRestartAfter_73D2/automaticupdates.jpg

    Spriggan;5878188

    It does on XP:



    XP isn't a server though is it :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    lil_tiger;5878179

    dont you have the IT managers number that you can just ring and ask … dont you have the IT managers number that you can just ring and ask him???:? Im sure if you do something 'wrong' people will understand it isnt your actual job and that you're just covering



    I'm 99% sure it isn't a huge issue, just wanted to confirm it's not going to restart automatically in the night or something if I leave it.

    Babbabooey;5878199

    XP isn't a server though is it :thumbsup:



    Ah right, I stand corrected. I didn't read all of the OP :oops:

    JimmyW, just to confirm, you can restart later if you wish, it won't harm anything choosing this option. You may get prompted a few times as to whether or not to restart now or later - just keep clicking on 'Restart Later'. There was an essential MS update released last night - that's what's been applied.

    Servers will NOT automatically restart - even MS aren't dumb enough to arbitrarily reboot servers.:giggle:

    You may wish to suggest to your IT manager that he changes the Update settings so that the updates download but do not install - that way you can better control when you wish to apply updates & reboot servers.

    blimey doesn't this company have WSUS servers in place and regularly update the servers, auto updates is not ITIL standard
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