After you have set up the updating policies and applied them to your networked computers, the computers are kept up to date automatically. You do not need to update computers manually unless there is a problem with updating.
If in the Endpoints view, in the computer list, you see a clock icon next to a computer in the Up to date column on the Status tab, the computer has out-of-date security software. The text indicates how long the computer has been out of date.
A computer can be out of date for one of two reasons:
To diagnose the problem and update the computers:
If you have several update managers and are not sure which one maintains the out-of-date directory, use the Updating Hierarchy report to see which shares are maintained by each update manager. To view the Updating Hierarchy report, on the Tools menu, click Manage Reports. In the Report Manager dialog box, select Updating hierarchy and click Run. Look in the “Shares managed by update managers” section of the report.