I may be asking the wrong question, so some background: my company's IT pushes patches overnight, and either their scripts or Win7's built-in updater controls then force-restart my machine, killing all running jobs without saving anything. That's obviously bad from my point of view.
So: is there a way to set up a daily task in Task Scheduler that kills my Ethernet connection (and a matching task to re-enable it later on)? I am trying to alter various Registry items and Local Group Policy settings to block "remote wake" and so on, but suspect that I don't have sufficient Admin power to do so.
For that matter, if there's a foolproof way to block any and all forced restarts, I'd like to know that as well.
EDIT: I have modded the Registry as described in one of the links in Stop Windows 7 from forcefully shutting itself down when waiting to update , but have yet to see if that is sufficient.