As part of DIT’s commitment to improving the security and reliability of the University's computing facilities, DIT provides Microsoft updates for users to install on the second Wednesday of every month.
Users are able to install Microsoft updates themselves from 9am on the second Wednesday of each month. We urge users to install these updates as soon as possible once they become available, to be as up-to-date and secure as possible.
After a period of two weeks updates will automatically install and users will be forced to restart within three hours to finish their installation. The logged on user will be warned repeatedly to restart before this happens, including a prompt that cannot be closed warning of the restart.
For this reason we highly recommend users install the updates as soon as is convenient.
If you return to work after the update period your computer will immediately install the updates and prompt you to restart within three hours.
In order of appearance, these are the prompts that a user will see after the two week grace period to install the updates. Users will receive notifications before the restart. This will give them the opportunity to restart before it is forced.
|Initial message when updates are installing|
|Suggestion to restart after updates have been installed|
|The Software reboot window that appears when you click on the notification (green icon in the taskbar)|
After one hour another notification appears advising the user to restart and the deadline for the forced restart.
The time listed in this notification will change based on the time the updates are installed.
|With one hour remaining before the forced restart, the progress bar changes to a yellow colour indicating increased urgency|
|With 15 minutes to go the progress bar changes colour again to a red colour, indicating the imminent reboot of the computer|
With 10 minutes to go another prompt appears which covers the user's screen advising them that they will be signed out in 10 minutes.
The user has to close this prompt.
|If no action is taken by the time advised to the user, the resulting update installation and restart process begins|
DIT screens all Microsoft updates for potentially faulty updates and bugs, and only approves updates that have passed an in-house testing process before being deployed to the rest of the university.
For more information please refer to DIT Service Desk.