Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

We have a Windows domain and run WSUS for managing client updates. This is all working fine, except when laptop users take their laptops home. When these machines are on their own private network, they merrily download updates from Microsoft Update, regardless of their approval status in WSUS on our office network.

Does anyone have any info on how to configure the clients so that they'll only update when on the office network, and not when they're on some random other network?


share|improve this question
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I assume you're deploying settings using Group Policy? If so, I believe this page contains the information you're after:

Specifically, the setting:

Remove Links and Access to Windows Update

If this setting is enabled, Automatic Updates receives updates from the WSUS server. Users who have this policy set cannot get updates from a Windows Update Web site that you have not approved. If this policy is not enabled, the Windows Update icon remains on the Start menu for local administrators to visit the Windows Update Web site. Local administrative users can use it to install unapproved software from the public Windows Update Web site. This happens even if you have specified that Automatic Updates must get approved updates from your WSUS server.

share|improve this answer
Looks pretty relevant - thanks Dan. – David Heggie Nov 18 '11 at 14:45

Your Answer


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.