Manually enable automatic updates on Windows 2012 and Windows 2008 Public Cloud Servers

  • Last updated on: 2018-09-27
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

Keeping your servers up to date with security fixes can help you avoid server compromises. While package updates can’t prevent all security breaches, keeping your servers up to date should be a key component of your security procedures.

This article describes how to enable automatic updates on your Windows® 2012 and Windows 2008 Rackspace Public Cloud Servers to ensure that crucial updates are installed and current.

Windows 2012

Use the following steps to enable automatic updates on your Windows 2012 Rackspace Public Cloud Server:

  1. Connect to the Windows server.
  2. Click on the Windows icon in the lower-left corner.
  3. Click Control Panel > System and Security.

    The Choose your Windows Update settings page appears.

  4. Under the Windows Update section, click Turn automatic updating on or off.
  5. Select Install updates automatically (recommended) from the drop-down menu.
  6. If you also want to automatically install recommended updates, select the check box under Recommended Updates (optional).
  7. If you want to install updates for other Microsoft® products at the same time that the Windows updates are installed, select the check box under Microsoft Update (optional).
  8. When you’re finished making selections, click OK in the lower portion of the window.

Windows 2008

Use the following steps to enable automatic updates on your Windows 2008 Rackspace Public Cloud Server:

  1. Connect to the Windows server.
  2. Click Start in the lower-left corner.
  3. Click Control Panel > System and Security.
  4. In the Windows Update section, click Turn automatic updating on or off.
  5. Select Install updates automatically (recommended) from the drop-down menu.
  6. If you also want to automatically install recommended updates, select the check box under Recommended Updates (optional).
  7. If you want to enable all users the option to install updates on the server, select the check box under Who can install updates (optional).
  8. When you’re finished making selections, click OK in the lower portion of the window.

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