Windows Update group policy for Server 2008 std/ent

February 7, 2013 at 19:43:47
Specs: Windows 7
Hi guys, I have a question for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise regarding Windows Update group policy.

As per this MS webpage there has to be several group policies depending on OS version for windows update.

However, when I check group policies for Windows Update all I can see is 3 policies. I checked this on two Server 2008 servers. One is running Server 2008 R2 standard (no sp) and other is running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

One server is in work group and other is in domain with WSUS server configured in registry.

Shouldn't there be more policies as per above webpage?

All I can see on both servers is Do not display "install updates and shutdown", "Do not adjust default option to "Install Updates and Shutdown" and "Remove access to use all Windows Update features"?

Please advise. Am I missing something here?


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May 16, 2013 at 08:39:10
What version of windows is the computer that you're running the GP Editor using. My memory doesn't serve me well on Windows 2000, but in general, just because you have a newer version of Windows running in your domain, doesn't make the available policies update. If this is the case, I'd suggest that you update your DC's from 2000 or I can elaborate on how to make the newer policies available even on a network with older versions of Windows as DC's.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
Emergency IT Support

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