Windows Server

How to schedule and run update via Windows Admin Center

Let’s throw more light on Windows Admin Center installation types in order to have a smooth installation.

  • On Windows 10, it uses port 6516 by default, but the option to use a different port is possible. You can have a shortcut created and let Windows Admin Center manage your Trusted Hosts.
  • Windows Server, Windows Admin Center is installed as a network service. You must specify the port that the service listens on, and it requires a certificate for HTTPS. Here I am using the default https port (443).

See links for more info on how to install Windows Admin Center (WAC).
– Windows Admin Center (WAC) Deployment https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/05/windows-admin-center-wac-deployment-setup/
– How to install Windows Admin Center (WAC) in an unattended mode using a self-signed certificate https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/09/how-to-install-windows-admin-center-unattended-using-self-signed-certificate/

To use the update functionality, access the WAC via the url or locally,
– Click on the Server and Under Tools
– Select Updates

Here you have two (2) restart options which are
On how to test network connection to the Windows Admin Center (WAC) Gateway, see the link https://techdirectarchive.com/2019/12/18/how-to-test-network-connection-to-the-windows-admin-center-wac-gateway/

  • Restart immediately and
  • Schedule Restart.

Testing the capabilities of schedule restart
– You can search the update catalog for more info on this update your are trying to install http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4534273

Click on install update to continue. After successful restart, notifications will pop-up showing updates were successfully installed. This will start the searching for updates and when found, it will install.
From the Admin Center (You can see the progress bar).

-Certificate Error: Unable to access Windows Admin Center (WAC) from the Web https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/01/05/certificate-error-unable-to-access-windows-admin-center-wac-from-the-web/

Note: On the desktop where the updates are installed unto, you will get a push notification displayed on the screen showing updates are being installed.

Also from the settings windows, this change can also be view as shown below.

This update will also be shown via the settings window after completion on the Server as shown below. Here you can see the updates have been installed and pending restart based on the time I have scheduled.

When this completes, it will prompt you with with the notification that *You are up to date*.

From the WAC console, you can also see the notification displayed.

Note: If you have updates applied already from WSUS or pulled directly from Microsoft, One way you can test this install update function is to uninstall updates and re-install to test this functionality.
For known issues, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/windows-admin-center/support/known-issues

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