Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Windows 8.1 Updates and Power Options

Q: A company's IT security team needs to ensure that all Windows 8.1 devices receive all required updates each evening regardless of their individual Power Options settings.

Which of the following group policy settings will allow Windows 8.1 devices to receive required updates regardless of their Power Options settings?

  1. Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations
  2. Enabling Windows Update Power Management to automatically wake up the system to install updates
  3. Turn on Software Notifications
  4. No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations

Answer is B. The group policy setting that will allow Windows 8.1 devices to receive required updates regardless of their Power Options settings is, Enabling Windows Update Power Management to automatically wake up the system to install updates.

Quick Tip: The computer will not wake unless there are updates to be installed. If the computer is on battery power, when Windows Update wakes it, it will not install updates and the computer will automatically return to hibernation in two minutes.

Reference: Configure Group Policy Settings for Automatic Updates

Bonus Question: What technology available for Windows Server 2012 R2 if supported by the storage area network allows copying of VMs bypassing the host? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!)  

Answer to bonus question from last week: In Windows 8.1 a USB Recovery Drive can be created to allow booting of a failed PC.

 

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at andy.barkl@gmail.com.

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