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HOW TO get a list of pending Windows Updates of a Server with No Internet access using PowerShell

To get a list of pending Windows Updates of a Server with No Internet access, follow these steps:

  1. Download wsusscn2.cab from another pc/server with Internet Access
  2. Copy the wsusscn2.cab file in the Server that has No Internet access
  3. Open Windows PowerShell ISE as Administrator
  4. Run following PowerShell script assigning to the variable $Wsusscn2FilePath the correct path where you saved the wsusscn2.cab file
$Wsusscn2FilePath = "c:\tempwsusscn2.cab"

$UpdateSession = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.Session  
$UpdateServiceManager  = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager  
$UpdateService = $UpdateServiceManager.AddScanPackageService("Offline Sync Service", $Wsusscn2FilePath, 1)  
$UpdateSearcher = $UpdateSession.CreateUpdateSearcher()   
  
Write-Output "Searching for updates... `r`n"  
  
$UpdateSearcher.ServerSelection = 3 
 
$UpdateSearcher.IncludePotentiallySupersededUpdates = $true 
  
$UpdateSearcher.ServiceID = $UpdateService.ServiceID.ToString()  
  
$SearchResult = $UpdateSearcher.Search("IsInstalled=0") 
  
$Updates = $SearchResult.Updates  
  
if($Updates.Count -eq 0){  
    Write-Output "There are no applicable updates."  
    return $null  
}  
  
Write-Output "List of applicable items on the machine when using wssuscan.cab: `r`n"  
  
$i = 0  
foreach($Update in $Updates){   
    Write-Output "$($i)> $($Update.Title)"  
    $i++  
}

The script will return the list of pending updates or the message “There are no applicable updates”.

You will need to download manually the updates from another pc/server with Internet access, copy and install them manually as described in my previous post:

The steps have been tested in Windows Server 2016.

Sources:
Using WUA to Scan for Updates Offline
Using WUA to Scan for Updates Offline with PowerShell

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docker : Error response from daemon: removal of container ### is already in progress

You run one of the following PowerShell commands to remove a container

Remove-NavContainer ###

or

docker rm ###

but you receive the following error message:

docker : Error response from daemon: removal of container ### is already in progress

with the result that you are unable to stop, kill or remove the Docker container. Even a restart does not fix this issue.

Solution 1:

  1. Run the PowerShell command net stop docker to stop docker-engine (Note all containers will stop)
  2. Delete the folder in C:\Programdata\docker\containers whose name starts with the ID from the error message (###)
  3. Run the PowerShell command net start docker to start docker-engine

Solution 2:

Restart the machine will restart docker-engine if it the service is set up to start Automatically.

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