"Dave Mills" <News1@nospam--djmills-dot-co.uk> wrote in message
>>> My question is if a person takes their laptop off the domain for 6
>>> will XP detect there is no access to the WSUS server and get the updates
>>> from Microsoft?
>>No, it won't.
> But it would be a nice enhancement to the product to be able to configure
> timeout (in days say) after which the client would revert to using WU/MU
> the WSUS server is still not contactable.
This is easily implemented. Create a scheduled task to run every 'x' days
that resets the registry value UseWUServer to dword:0x0. If group policy is
not being refreshed (as a result of a non-existent network/domain
connection), then the registry setting will remain in force, and the system
will revert to using Automatic Updates until the next group policy refresh
reverts that value to true, resetting the connection to the WSUS Server.
Or, perhaps the inverse is a better solution. Don't use group policy to
configure highly-mobile notebooks at all. Use a locally-stored startup
script that populates the registry conditionally based on whether the
machine is connected to the domain (a simple ping/response to the DC can
establish that). If not connected, set UseWUServer=dword:0x0 (Automatic
Updates), if it is connected, set UseWUServer=dword:0x1 (WSUS).
> So if a laptop is connected for say 5 minutes and gets
> told to download a lot of updates (SP's etc) but is then removed from the
> network after a few days it would get the downloads from WU/MU and install
The "best practice" for notebooks with a high probability of disconnects
from the corporate network is to configure a second WSUS Server with no
content store, thus forcing the notebook(s) to always obtain content from
Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)
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