Updating group policy on windows 2016

Every now and then Microsoft releases a new operating system and if you are in a domain environment you should be interested in manage your new (and old) computer via Group Polices.To manage your computer you need either the target operating system version (or later) with RSAT (Remote Server Administrative Tools) or equivalent server operating system to be able to see and configure all features.

If it works as expected (and documented), at least with build 1709, you have these capabilities: The two key article on this are Build deployment rings for Windows 10 updates and Walkthrough: use Group Policy to configure Windows Update for Business (currently only updated to version 1607).

In this blog I was outline the different ways to change the Windows Server 2016 Update settings.

Windows always looks at registry keys located in the following hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Update\AU Typically there is a key named ‘AUOptions’ with a value in the range 2-5, and have the following meaning: – 2 = Notify before download.

Manage device restarts after updates has valuable info on group policy settings and the corresponding registry keys for gaining control over restarts.

Even if the machine is not domain-joined, if it’s Pro, you can set these values directly in the registry.

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