Windows 10 - The new way to (scheduled) restarts after installing updates.



Oostdam logo Windows 10Upgrading towards a newer release on a Windows 10 Technical Preview can be difficult sometimes. Still, as I think this is one of Microsoft's best operating systems ever made and it's still getting better and better as the releases are going better and better, following each other up in a continuous delivery way that I have never seen before from a large company like Microsoft is. This new OS is going to give Microsoft it's boost for the next decade as it will become the single platform form device all over the world, from phone, laptop. personal computer, towards large screens, game consoles and other devices. Mark my word for it!

It has been a little while, a little more than a month even, that Microsoft came out with the last preview update of Windows 10. The holiday season with Christmas time and New Year is the reason for that. And I love it! A major IT company, keeping the family-life of their employees in mind, when creating a deployment schedule for their biggest OS release ever made. Very nice! After watching all these CEO's last week, I had to upgrade towards the latest build version my self as well of course. I could not video-tape my laptop, or Surface 3 upgrade, but I did on my virtual Windows 10 machine. If you like, you can watch the upgrade video through this link. That's exactly the reason for creating this article as well. This article handles one of the first changes after the big 9926 upgrade and it considers the restart process of Windows (10) machines for the next decade. Remember this! This option will appear and become generally available on all windows operating systems for the next couple of years and it is a change which has never been seen in the 30 years that Windows operating systems exist now.

Forever and ever, as long as I have worked with Windows operating systems in my entire life, build in restarts, scheduled by it's own or even SCCM or WSUS, was only possible on 03:00 AM by default or on the full (or half) hour. This has been so since 1985 and earlier, believe me, it's true. Now in Windows 10, it is possible after this last preview build 9926 to set the reboot time, exactly as you would like it to be. Sorry to say it again, but this is a mind shifting change in the Windows restart policies settings. It has never been this way and I'm so, so very glad the developers listened to us engineers.! Exited indeed!

Take a look at this picture below.....

Oostdam - Reboot options after updates - Windows 10

 


The update, changing this behavior is the KB3035129 as in the link and at arrow 1.
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You can see the change immediately. Always, there where no more options, than a little postpone for 10 minutes, or 1 or 4 hours,.. Now it it possible to schedule hour, minutes and date in one screen. Believe me, I tested it, and it worked for multiple systems! That includes several desktops and laptop systems. I'm so very happy and exited about this new feature!  This is something that I wanted as a system engineer, for a, long, long, time... !! Really!! This enables my to update, (critical) systems, all at the same time, or in the bootschedule I want to, up to the minute exactly! 

I do love this,... really I do !
Take a look at this picture below...  By default it is also possible to schedule the (calculated) day, times, upon the hour and minutes that you want your systems to restart after applying your updates!  This means actually, that you can shorten your update maintenance times and failovers on production envirimonts with at least more than 50%. Amazing!!


This kind of reboot schedules will also become available on Windows 2012R2 (W2K12R2) systems later this year, in a separate update after the Windows 10 retail version will become available. That means,... yes, you are right,.. before the end of this year! I can't wait for it!!  

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Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Started shortly with Windows NT 4, worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior System Engineer for a High Quality service organization in the Netherlands.

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