Scheduling future Patch installations

How can I schedule client patch installations?

Thanks in advance for the help.


I usually don’t like to start with a KB article, but Windows Patching would be hard to sum up in a post. Here’s the KB:

Let me know if you have any questions after looking it over or if you run into any issues while setting it up.

Hi Frank,

So I’ve read over the document and have a question.

What is the absolute best way to install patches at a specific time and guarantee a reboot at a specific time? I have assets that also handle backups at specific times and I want to ensure that updates are checked, installed and the asset rebooted at a time that does not interrupt the backup timeframes.

Currently I have the update policy set up in a way that it prompts for a reboot and set to reboot at X time. Does that guarantee a reboot regardless if updates are pending install, or in the middle of installing?

I have a specific agent as an example that requires a reboot at 10PM.

In the policy, I have 3 categories selected for update:

  • Critical
  • Security
  • Definition

SCHEDULE is set to start updating at 17:00 (5PM)
Frequency is Monthly on second Tuesday of every month.

The Reboot Specification is set to
Prompt with Message and attempt reboot at specific time

The Reboot by is configured for 22:00 (10pm).