I just created a new patch schedule for laptops, and broke it down into 3 separate parts.

Detect all patches @ 10AM
Deploy Windows 7 Critcal patches @ 10:15AM - no reboot
Deploy Office 2010 patches @ 10:30AM - no reboot

From reading through the admin & patching guides, I was under the impression that you should run a separte detect and deploy for laptops if they are offline. So, I was hoping that by running two separate deploy schedules that they would both run without a reboot required. What actually happened is that the first deploy ran, and prevented the second deploy from running because of the "Reboot pending" status. After a reboot the second deploy didn't even finish running, it "Verified" that the patches were infact not installed.

Because of the nature of our environment, 50% of our laptops only come back into the office once a month. So I NEED to be able to patch the laptop when it comes into the office without requiring a reboot.

Can someone explain what's going on here? Or help me out with my laptop schedule? Eventually I'll have more deploy schedules to add, such as adobe updates, java updates, etc.
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When happens when you add the Windows and the office patches together in one schedule?
Answered 02/13/2012 by: dchristian
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When happens when you add the Windows and the office patches together in one schedule?

I would prefer not to do this, because it created problems with another test group. I found that when I added Windows security patches and application patches to the same schedule it sometimes rebooted computers, or caused updates to fail.

Edit: And because of other software that needs to be updates (Adobe Reader/Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Chrome, Etc) I can't just push all of these updates through with one deploy schedule, I need to push a deploy based on a certain Machine Label, if they have the software installed.

Answered 02/13/2012 by: baist111
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