I use WSUS on several of the networks that I support. Just
have the teachers leave the computer (like every Wednesday) and have the updates
run then. With GPO you can schedule it all.
When auto update first came out, I was skeptical
and waited either 6 months or a year before I started using it. It is however a
big time saver, as doing the entire building here would take about 16 hours.
Servers are still manual update.
Anyway, I was in a 3rd grade classroom one day
(serendipitously) when the laptop cart laptops were rebooting from updates. This
was December maybe, and I had had a complaint about it from a 7th grade teacher
in November. It is hard enough getting the laptops out, logged on, and the kids
focused, adding a reboot in the middle is salt on a open wound.
Just today our HS tech teacher said auto updates
were inconvenient as well.
"Often, students will be in the middle of an
assignment when this happens (I've even had it happen in the middle of timed
typing tests, and once during the mid-term). A dialog box pops up, with a
"Restart now" and "Restart Later" button, except the "Restart Later" button is
Additionally, I noted yesterday on an update & shutdown situation. The machine ran for a few
mins and then a dialog popped up that said it was reallocating virtual memory.
After that the machine seemed to shutdown fine (I didn't stick around) it is a 9
year old machine so that could be related. But I wonder if I had not been there
to hit OK on the dialog, if the machine would have just idled.
I have begun running the updates manually on the
laptops and might either do that in the stationary lab, or set the updates to
run at 3pm.
Just looking for others experience and
Is the 'restart later' option permissions related?
These would be power users ...
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