VisualSVN Server 2.6 and later versions include automatic update check functionality. Notifications of available recommended updates are displayed on the VisualSVN Server Manager dashboard.

The update checks are performed during launch of VisualSVN Server Manager. So, it is the management console who checks for updates, not the server core software itself. If the update check fails because of the lack of internet connectivity on the VisualSVN Server Manager machine, the dashboard shows the following error message:

Failed to check for software updates: connection error. (0x800C0005).

Turning off the Automatic Update Check

To disable the automatic detection of VisualSVN Server software updates:

  1. Open regedit.exe on the computer running VisualSVN Server Manager and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VisualSVN\VisualSVN Server
  2. Create a 32-bit DWORD "DisableUpdateCheck" with the value of "1".
  3. The detection of updates will then be disabled and a corresponding notification to that effect will be displayed on the dashboard:
    Software update notifications are disabled.

This is a per user setting. If VisualSVN Server Manager is installed on multiple computers and you need to disable the automatic update check on all of them, this registry modification can be rolled out using Group Policy. For more information on bulk registry updates with Group Policy see the TechNet article Configure a Registry Item.

Disabling the automatic update check is generally not recommended because Apache Subversion is regularly patched with important hotfixes, which are in turn included into VisualSVN Server updates. If you choose to disable the automatic update check, be sure to subscribe to our Official Announcements mailing list or the RSS feed to receive update notifications.