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Vista Pro 32-bit, WSUS and Semi-lockups
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AC
2010-05-20 20:50:11 UTC
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I was pointed here by the Vista newsgroup. Anyways, here's my
problem:

I administrate a modest Server 2003 AD network with mainly Vista, but
a few XP, workstations. Over the last few weeks three users have
reported that when they go to use their computers in the morning, they
get a black screen. The mouse still moves, but no login screen
appears. The only way to get things working is to turn the computer
off, and when it reboots, all is fine.

This is only happening to three Vista workstations out of about two
dozen. They're all running under the same group policy settings. I
have a hunch it has to do with my weekly updates, which are done
through a WSUS so I don't have dozens of computers all downloading the
same updates from Microsoft. Has anybody had similar experiences?

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Harry Johnston [MVP]
2010-05-20 21:40:15 UTC
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I administrate a modest Server 2003 AD network with mainly Vista, but
a few XP, workstations. Over the last few weeks three users have
reported that when they go to use their computers in the morning, they
get a black screen. The mouse still moves, but no login screen
appears. The only way to get things working is to turn the computer
off, and when it reboots, all is fine.
This is only happening to three Vista workstations out of about two
dozen. They're all running under the same group policy settings. I
have a hunch it has to do with my weekly updates, which are done
through a WSUS so I don't have dozens of computers all downloading the
same updates from Microsoft. Has anybody had similar experiences?
I doubt the problem is related to WSUS, but you could always turn updating off
temporarily to see if it helps.

Is this happening to the three affected workstations every morning? Do those
workstations have any software or hardware in common that is different from the
others?

Harry.
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Lawrence Garvin [MVP]
2010-05-20 22:56:09 UTC
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I have a hunch it has to do with my weekly updates, which are done
through a WSUS so I don't have dozens of computers all downloading the
same updates from Microsoft. Has anybody had similar experiences?
So before we dig into this any further...

why *exactly* do you "have a hunch" that this has to with weekly updates?
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Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA, MCSA
Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2010)

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