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Using the Row Template Configurator to Automatically Apply Job Queues and Scheduled Tasks to New Rows When They Are Added to the Grid

BatchPatch has a very neat feature that is probably not used nearly as much as it would be used if more people realized it existed, and if they understood what it is. It’s called the ‘Row Template Configurator‘ and it can be found under ‘Grid > Row template configurator…‘ inside the software. The row template […]

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Remotely Patch and Reboot Multiple Computers

If you’ve stumbled upon this page, it’s probably because you are looking for a simple method to remotely apply Windows updates to multiple computers on your network, simultaneously. Not only that but you also want to be able to have the entire patch and reboot process automated so that you can pretty much just press […]

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When ‘Uninstall individual update Windows 10/2016’ in BatchPatch Fails to Remove an Update

Unfortunately there are cases where remotely removing an update from numerous computers can prove to be more challenging than it seems like it ought to be, especially when you have a great tool like BatchPatch at your disposal. BatchPatch has a built-in feature Actions > Windows updates > Uninstall individual update (requires KB ID) – […]

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Deploying a Registry Key / Value to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) or All Users in HKEY_USERS (HKU)

A question that comes up periodically is “How can I deploy a registry key or value to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) hive of the registry on a target computer or group of computers?” If you were to follow the tutorial at this link to deploy a .reg file to target computers, you might have unexpected results […]

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Copying Files from Target Computers to the Local BatchPatch Computer

Occasionally someone asks how they can use BatchPatch to copy files from target computers back to the BatchPatch computer. While BatchPatch has a built-in function for copying files to target computers, it does not have a built-in function for copying files from target computers back to the local BatchPatch computer. Fortunately even when an action […]

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BatchPatch Service Stuck Starting?

When you want or need to have BatchPatch execute scheduled tasks even if the BatchPatch computer is not logged-on and/or you have not launched BatchPatch, the BatchPatch ‘run-as-service’ feature enables you to install BatchPatch to run as a service. You can then run any grids in this service instance so that the scheduled tasks defined […]

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Online Cached Mode Fails to Download Update: Illegal characters in path. HRESULT: -2146233079

For those of you using BatchPatch in online cached mode… Starting with Windows 10/2016 version 1709 you might start seeing these two errors occur together in the ‘Local Agent Log’ column: An exception occurred during a WebClient request.. HRESULT: -2146233079 Failed: Illegal characters in path. The Problem: Starting with Windows 10/2016 build 1709 Microsoft began […]

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Remotely Deploying Windows Feature Update Version 1809 (the ‘October 2018 Update’)

In order to use BatchPatch to deploy Windows 10 feature update 1809, please follow the method outlined below. The normal Windows Update actions in BatchPatch are not sufficient for installing the feature updates to Windows 10. Also note just for the sake of clarity that even though these are considered Windows 10 feature updates, the […]

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Windows Update for Offline Computers and Disconnected Networks

It’s becoming increasingly common for companies and organizations to segregate at least some of their servers (and even non-server computers sometimes too) so that they don’t have any internet access. The goal in eliminating internet access for computers is virtually always to increase security by decreasing the attack surface or vector. However, while it’s true […]

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Configuring Per-Grid Windows Update Filter Exclusions Using Row Templates in BatchPatch

One of the topics that I have written about in the past is how you can configure filters in BatchPatch to prevent certain categories of updates from installing, or so that you can exclude particular individual updates from being installed on target computers. Those postings are here: Filter Which Available Updates Are Included Or Excluded […]

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