Configure automatic updating

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Alternatively you can also drag and group the GPO from the Group Policy Objects container straight onto the location of your choosing.Keep in mind that it can take up to 90 minutes for the GPO to roll out to the computers within the linked OU, so you may wish to manually run the “gpupdate” command on a computer directly which will perform the group policy update straight away if you’re keen to test.There are some other useful policy options here that can also be used to customize how automatic Windows updates are performed.For example we can further tweak the automatic restarting, control how users are prompted regarding update notifications, or set the automatic update detection frequency just to name a few.

In this example we will create a group policy object (GPO) which applies to all of our Windows computers.

If you choose number 4, you can optionally check the box to install during automatic maintenance.

Automatic Maintenance installs updates when the computer is not in use and is available in Windows 8 and newer.

Once you’ve completed configuring the GPO, close the Group Policy Management Editor and return back to the Group Policy Management window.

Right click the container or OU that you want to link the policy to and select “Link an Existing GPO…” as shown below.

You may also want to look at using the “Enable client-side targeting” policy to specify which computer groups in WSUS the computers should belong to, more information can be found here on computer groups.

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