How to stop a mandatory reboot following SCCM software updates

We have all been there…you receive a software update and continue to postpone the reboot as long as possible.  When the reboot deadline hits you are still not ready to reboot.  This leaves you with 2 options.  You can either let the scheduled reboot take you to wonderland or follow these instructions and stop the reboot dead in it’s tracks.

  1. Open a command prompt and run shutdown /a.  This cancels the shutdown commands initiated by the SMS Agent Host.  You can rest easy knowing the SMS Agent only sends 1 reboot command per deployment deadline.
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  2. Stop the SMS Agent Host service.  This will close the SMS restart window that continues to nag you.stopsmsshutdown04
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Have a great day!

 

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    Thank you - Great…works like a charmReplyCancel

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      Todd - Happy to be of assistance!ReplyCancel

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    • December 26, 2019 - 4:34 pm

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