Increase Active Hours from 12 hours to 22 hours
The current 12 hour window for "Active Hours" needs to be longer so the updates/reboots can happen in the middle of the night.
Ross Hunter commented
This is one of the worst implementations I have seen in a long time...If I install an update that takes a long time and I hadnt checked today to see if a restart is required, my mission critical server would have restarted automatically at 6pm today, which would have caused chaos in our healthcare business.
Who on earth came up with the business logic here...its awful.
Andrew S. Baker commented
Agree that the we should be able to tell the computer "you can do your maintenance from 2am to 4am on these days" rather than saying, "figure out whatever time you want, except this daily 12 hour window"
Karl Wester-Ebbinghaus (@tweet_alqamar) commented
The request of Doug has been implemented. Check out GPO ADMX 1803 Version 2.0
Yeah. I'm having a lot of trouble explaining to my ER surgeons why they have to expect the server they rely on for patient date in the middle of emergency surgeries to occasionally randomly reboot.
Please, please, please Microsoft - allow fine grained control on Active Hours. In fact, I'd like to see the concept of "Maintenance Hours", with a calendar, so that you can chose a specific day of the week or month... Only perform reboots during "Maintenance Hours".
John Curtiss commented
this isn't good enough. the "schedule install day" and Schedule install time" settings from the tried and true "Configure automatic updates" GPO need to work on server 2016 to schedule install days and schedule install times.
The people responsible for this decision at Microsoft should be fired.
Heinrich Moser commented
Great idea! Having a server "run uninterrupted" for only 12 hours each day is ridiculous. In fact, even more fine grained control would be great, e.g., "maintenance window is every Sunday between 02:00 and 05:00".