Configuring Windows Update via GPO

Posted On 2007-02-26 by FortyPoundHead
Tags: Active Directory General Tip Windows 2000 Windows Server 2003
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Much to the appeal of network administrators everywhere, windows update settings for individual computers can be set via group policy. Here is how to do it.

Windows Update is something that needs to be configured on all computers in your network in order to ensure their individual security. Enabling an automatic update schedule on each individual machine in a network is something that can take an extraordinary amount of time. Luckily for us, these settings can be configured via group policy.

In order to access these settings you must first import the appropriate ADM file into the GPO you wish to use. To do this, open the group policy object you are going to use, and expand the “Computer Configuration” tab. Right click on “Administrative Templates” and select “Add/Remove Template”. Click “Add” and then select the wuau.adm file from the %WinDir%\Inf folder.

After doing this you will now be able to configure Windows Updates by browsing to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Here you can configure aspects of Windows Update including its general configuration, download location, scheduling, and auto-restart feature.

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