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Patch policies are restarting computers a lot in the patch window.

Created: 13 Feb 2013 • Updated: 14 Feb 2013 | 4 comments
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I have 12 servers being pushed 38 MS software bulletins (111 update packages). The default software update plug-in policies allow restarts at the end of the software update cycle, and the update policies allow immediate restarts, if required.  The patch window is 4 hours long.

 

During the patching window, the servers in question restarted an awful lot.  One server was sent 33 updates, and restarted 26 times.  Another server restarted about a dozen times, was sent 2 updates, and at the end of the maintenance window was left in a state of needing to be restarted.

 

This doesn't seem like correct behavor.  How do I set altiris to chain updates, so they servers don't have to restart between each update?  How to I make sure they complete the final restart so at the end of the maintance window they are not left needing a reboot?

 

I'm running NS 7.1.

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Roman Vassiljev's picture

Hi Erica,

The default software update plug-in policies allow restarts at the end of the software update cycle, and the update policies allow immediate restarts, if required.

In case if checkbox "Allow immediate restarts, if required" is enabled for Software Update Policies, restart will be occurred (if required) after installation of every update included to this policy. This is why you have a lot of restarts.

Actually each restart of machine takes a lot of time and increases execution time for Software Update Installation Cycle. I advise to try restarting machine only at the end of the software update cycle and disable checkbox "Allow immediate restarts, if required" in SWU policies settings. In this case SWU cycle should be completed quicker and restart will occur after installation of all updates.

In case if Maintenance window closes during running SWU installation cycle, any actions related to SWU installation cycle are stopped because we do not want to install updates or restart machines if Maintenance window is closed.

Hope this helps,

Roman

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Erica_Palmer's picture

Thanks for the response.

If I changed the settings to only restart at the end of the maintance cycle, would that keep updates from being installed if one of the pervious installed updates required a restart?

Roman Vassiljev's picture

Hi Erica,

 If I changed the settings to only restart at the end of the maintance cycle, would that keep updates from being installed if one of the pervious installed updates required a restart?

No, if previously installed updates are required a restart it should not prevent the remaining updates from installing.

Thanks,
Roman