Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Does anyone happen to know if a required restart in order to apply Windows Updates creates a entry in the event log? If so which log is it under, and what is the source/id?

I have a legacy system that needs to an account, constantly logged into console for applications to function as required (Some old PROCOMS modem software for customers without Internet access but a telephone (Dial-up? Separate issue, don't get me started -.-)).

When an update is applied to this machine that requires a restart (Server 2003) I would like an e-mail alert to be sent.

share|improve this question
1  
How are your WSUS updates being applied? Automatically installed then prompt for a reboot, or automatically downloaded then prompt for install? You never want to leave a production server in a state where the patches have been installed and it's requesting a reboot. This leaves the server in an 'intermediate' state where it's neither at one patch level or another. Ideally you always want to trigger the patch installation (manually) then reboot the server immediately upon completion. –  Chris Thorpe Apr 1 '10 at 0:26
    
WSUS updates are being applied by GPO, the problem with this machine is it will get touched once in a blue moon, and the applications running on it prevent restarts from occurring unless you manually force them using a shutdown -f command or hard-boot them. –  Beuy Apr 1 '10 at 4:04
    
Hi Chris, any chance you could change your comment to an answer? I would really like to award you the answer for this question as I agree with your statement. –  Beuy Apr 26 '10 at 23:08
    
Done, thanks Beuy. What approach did you end up taking? –  Chris Thorpe May 11 '10 at 5:34
    
Thanks Chris, I've marked your question as an answer. I changed the automated installation to notify but not install, I'll manually check the device at the end of every week to check if it requires an update and install manually. –  Beuy May 13 '10 at 0:43

2 Answers 2

up vote 2 down vote accepted

How are your WSUS updates being applied? Automatically installed then prompt for a reboot, or automatically downloaded then prompt for install? You never want to leave a production server in a state where the patches have been installed and it's requesting a reboot. This leaves the server in an 'intermediate' state where it's neither at one patch level or another. Ideally you always want to trigger the patch installation (manually) then reboot the server immediately upon completion.

share|improve this answer

Whenever a server reboots there should be an Event ID 6009 from source eventlog stating the product name, version, build number, service pack number, and operating system type.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks joe but I'm actually after the system notifying that it requires a restart, not that it already has. –  Beuy Apr 7 '10 at 1:43

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.