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Load the Windows Desktop Experience for 2008R2, taking all the defaults, load all the various options. Then when completed, reboot the server. After you log in and the Server is done and idle, go to Windows Update and download some updates. You should see the progress bar making progress. I found this is also true on Server 2012R2.
Yes, certain drivers are synced with WSUS. Mine has 29'958 drivers which it could sync. However, experience shows that not all drivers are synced to WSUS, so you might still be able to get more drivers if you scan agains WU vs WSUS.
It looks like there are a number of plugins at Nagios Exchange to check for available updates--for example, this one. I've used this one in the past, I believe. That's not precisely what you're asking, though; those are whether updates exist, and you're asking whether or not the system is checking for updates. What might be closer to what you're ...
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