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  • This evening I noticed that Update wanted to install a significant number of
    updates on my desktop computer. So, I let it. :) After the download had
    started, and I had gone about my other business, my WHS Vail Refresh icon
    turned yellow. I clicked to see what was wrong, and was advised that my
    desktop computer needed to install updates.
     
    Now, this is all well and good . . . something I should probably appreciate.
    However, I had already started the process of installing the updates! So,
    why did WHS Vail Refresh (1) Wait until I'd started the update process or
    (2) Not understand that the update process had already started.
     
    I don't think this is a bug, per se, but it's not something I'd like to have
    repeated each time my computer wants to install updates.
    --
    Nancy Ward
    Windows 8 Beta Ferret
     
     

    Nancy Ward
    Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:57 AM

Answers

  • On Thu, 16 Sep 2010 03:57:25 +0000, Nancy Ward wrote:

    Now, this is all well and good . . . something I should probably appreciate.
    However, I had already started the process of installing the updates! So, why did WHS Vail Refresh (1) Wait until I'd started the update process or (2) Not understand that the update process had already started.

    For your item 1 that was simply a timing issue. Vail simply can't monitor
    in real time what updates are available and what updates are currently
    installed. Vail didn't "wait" until you'd started the update process, it
    was simply a coincidence. As for 2, that's also not possible. Vail has no
    way of knowing what you're currently downloading, nor should it. The way
    that feature works is that on a periodic basis, Vail will check to see what
    updates are available, then check to see what updates have been installed
    and if the two lists don't meet, it will raise a notification. That's the
    only way a feature like this can work. Neither the Vail server, nor the
    Connector software will have any direct visibility into the fact that
    you're downloading something, nor should they as that would potentially be
    a huge security whole. All that Vail can do is to compare the list of
    updates that are installed with the ones that are currently available.

    There are any number of utilities that can be used to check the current
    patch level of a Windows OS, none of them, however, have the ability to
    check to see what you're currently downloading, only what is available
    against what is currently installed.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca

    Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:56 AM