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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Optimizing Automatic Updates with Windows Update

Computers running Windows 2000 or later can use Automatic Updates to maintain the operating system. Automatic Updates is an automatic distribution and installation mechanism for critical updates, security updates, update rollups (which include other updates), and service packs (which provide a comprehensive collection of updates). You can use Automatic Updates in conjunction with Windows Update Service to maintain Office, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and hardware drivers.

Automatic Updates has a client/server architecture. The client component resides on a local computer and is responsible for downloading and installing updates. The server component resides on a remote computer and ...

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