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Might be you guys never encountered anything like this. Here are the situations. We have around 2500+ servers (win 2003/2008/2012). Monthly Windows patching done by two way.

  1. Assigned the patch to servers by SCCM/WSUS/BSA, then login manually on the server and download and install the patches. After installation reboot the server. This is a manual patching in our terms.

  2. Assigned, download and install the patch to servers by SCCM/WSUS/BSA and then reboot the server manually. We called this as Automatic patching.

Now i have to prepare list of servers by patching type (Manual & Automatic).

Is there any registry key or anything where i can check windows patching is automatic or manual?

Once i get that info then i will create a script and run on all the server.

Can anybody advise me on this?

  • What research have you done on your own? – EEAA Nov 24 '15 at 5:44
  • i checked registry and also checked group policy. but not able to find this – Calculating Machine Nov 24 '15 at 5:54
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
AUOptions
Range = 2|3|4|5
2 = Notify before download.

3 = Automatically download and notify of installation. 

4 = Automatically download and schedule installation. Only valid if values exist for ScheduledInstallDay and ScheduledInstallTime.

5 = Automatic Updates is required and users can configure it.

from https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939844(v=ws.10).aspx

  • Thanks for your answer. I will give it a try and let you know the status. Voted Up, – Calculating Machine Nov 24 '15 at 6:32

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