KNOWN ISSUE: Wake on LAN (WOL) option is not working for Software Update Policies

Article:TECH41594  |  Created: 2009-03-05  |  Updated: 2010-10-22  |  Article URL
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A Software Update Policy is set to run ASAP and with the option ‘Power on computer (Wake on LAN)’ enabled.

However targeted computers that are powered off do not ‘wake up’ and so do not receive the policy until they are powered on by some other means.


Patch Management for Windows 7.0 (7.0.1321)

Symantec Management Platform 7.0 SP1 HF1 (7.0.4755)


This is due to the non-Task Server WOL functionality in 7.0 SP1 of the Platform not working. Software Update Policies hook into this legacy functionality and not the Task Server WOL functions.


This is scheduled to be fixed in the Patch Management Solution 7.1 where Patch will use the new Task Server WOL functionality instead of legacy WOL.


As a work around the best option is to use a Task Server job to wake up the computers first then to deploy the desired bulletins.

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