Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Core provide a very simple scripting interface for managing servers. The ability to manage Windows Updates is limited and consists of either selecting to manually select updates or to enable automatic updates. Portlock has a much better solution for managing Windows updates that closely resembles the GUI interface available on full Windows installations.
The first step is deciding how Windows Updates should be managed. This includes selecting how updates are to be installed:
To change the settings for Windows Updates, select "Windows Update" in the left tree window. Then click "Settings" in the toolbar. Figure N shows the available options.
Portlock recommends selecting "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them" if you have managed practices in place to periodically schedule and review updates for your servers and want control over which updates are installed and when they are to be installed. Best practices recommend backing up your servers before any changes are applied that could affect reliability or server availability.
Select "Install updates automatically" if you want the server to manage the download and installation of updates.
An optional item is to select "Include recommended updates when downloading, installing or notifying me about updates." This setting includes updates that Microsoft considers optional. Portlock recommends enabling this option and reviewing each recommended update for applicability to your environment.
Once you have configured the Windows Update settings, the next step is to complete a search for Windows updates. The first time that you perform a search, select "Search for all updates." Then review each installed update and each update available for installation.
Once the search completes, the right list window is updated with the search results. For each update, you can select "Properties" on the toolbar or double-click the update to see more details on the update.