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I'm working in an environment where we have a fair number of users who have laptops that are only used in case they need to work from home, and they otherwise use a desktop PC. We want to keep these laptops patched and up to date so that they don't pose a security risk when they connect to the corporate network.

Does anyone know a way to ensure that when these laptops turn on and connect to the corporate network that they immediately get patched? I currently have weekly patch schedules that run by department and are set to "Run On Next Connection If Offline", but it doesn't seems to work for these laptops despite them connecting and being inventoried after the point in which the patch schedule normally runs.
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  • We use that option and haven't seen any issues. What do the machines show for status under the patching schedule in inventory?
    • They've been showing up as Suspended or Waiting to Connect. I've done a bit of digging into the Admin's Guide since posting this question, and I'm pretty sure the issue is actually tied to the End After period being too short combined with a scheduled start time that was too early, making the schedule come to a complete end for a given week before some users had a chance to connect for the beginning of their work day.
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You can activate "run on next connection" in the schedule. Don't forget to set also an end time so the schedules are under control. 
Answered 12/28/2017 by: Nico_K
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