Windows Update Clients behind Authenticating Proxy cannot connect

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Wes, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Wes

    Wes Guest

    Hi, we are planning to have many (over 1,500) computers in remote
    locations where we have no control over the locations' network policy.
    Some of these remote computers will be situated behind an
    authenticating proxy. All of these computers will be Windows Server
    2003, and we need to keep Windows updated on these computers.

    How can we use the Windows Update Client to keep these computers up to
    date if the client cannot connect to the internet to download the
    latest updates (because it cannot traverse an authenticating proxy)?

    We will be able to send files to the computers and issue commands

    Thanks in advance,
    Wes, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. Hi

    Some links that might be of interest for you:

    If you want to script the installs yourself, combine the information at with the information in the following links:[email protected]

    Command-Line Switches For Windows Software Update Packages (1)

    Command-Line Switches for Microsoft Software Update Packages (2)

    New File Naming Schema for Microsoft Windows Software Update Packages
    Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Feb 2, 2004
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  3. Wes

    Wes Guest

    Thanks for the links, Torgeir.

    It appears that unattended is for doing installs of OS's with a boot
    disk and a script - are there any instructions on how to use it for
    simply updating the OS when the OS is already installed?

    I'm still interested in the possibility of "tricking" the Windows
    Update Client into thinking that it has downloaded the update that it
    needs (that would actually be placed on the computer remotely by me),
    and that the WUC would then do its thing all on its own.

    Does anyone know of a way to do this, or of some detailed
    documentation on the WUC?

    Wes, Feb 3, 2004
  4. That is covered under the chapter "How to install hotfixes and applications" (see "What next?") where you will
    e.g. find this one:

    A more complex example

    The winxpsp1-updates.bat script installs all of Microsoft's "critical" and "recommended" updates for Windows XP
    Service Pack 1. All this script does is push a bunch of items onto the to-do list, including the occasional
    ..reboot directive.
    As far as I know, this is not possible. The only solution I know of that the WU client can use instead of the
    Windows Update web site is Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS), and as I understand it, this is not a
    feasable solution for you.
    Torgeir Bakken (MVP), Feb 3, 2004
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