Author Archives: Scott

Inform Users Before Applying Updates and Rebooting

BatchPatch has a feature ‘Send message to logged-on users’ that enables the administrator to quickly and easily produce a pop-up message on the interactive desktop of target computers, so that a logged-on user will see the message. The message text is completely customizable, and the message can even be set to go away after X […]

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Quickly Confirming There Is Enough Disk Space On Remote Computers Before Patching

For those of you who already use BatchPatch, you’ve probably experimented with the built-in options it has for checking the disk space on remote computers. These options are pretty straightforward, and I will go over them in a moment. However, what I’d also like to address is the question of not just how do you […]

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Automated Patch Management

Today I’d like to go through all the ways that BatchPatch can be used to automate your software and operating system patch management.

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Remotely Uninstall Firefox from Multiple Computers

Removing Firefox from numerous computers does not have to be a tedious process. While you could certainly use remote desktop to connect to each target computer and then manually launch the add/remove programs applet, this would take a very long time if you had to perform the task on dozens or perhaps hundreds or even […]

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Clearing Column and Grid Contents in BatchPatch

Beginning with the March 2018 version of BatchPatch we improved the functionality for clearing specific grid contents. In the past there were a handful of pre-defined methods hard-coded into the BatchPatch menu that one could use to clear the contents of a group of columns. However, we would regularly receive requests from our users to […]

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BatchPatch Error: -102: Failed to execute the search. HRESULT -XXXXXXXXXX

BatchPatch Error: -102 is one of the most common errors that users experience. In general, it indicates that the target computer had some type of problem connecting to the update server, which can be either your local WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server or Microsoft’s public Windows Update or Microsoft Update server. In your ‘Remote […]

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How to Execute Batch Files (.bat or .cmd) on Remote Computers

Running batch files on target computers is actually a very easy process using BatchPatch. You can execute the same .bat or .cmd file on numerous remote computers simultaneously with just a few clicks. Perhaps the only confusing aspect of this process is that we won’t use the ‘Remote process / command’ action in BatchPatch to […]

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Using the Task Scheduler to Synchronize a BatchPatch Grid with Active Directory OUs and Groups

If you want to have BatchPatch automatically synchronize a grid with certain Active Directory organizational units (OUs) and groups at a scheduled time, you can do this now using the Task Scheduler in BatchPatch. The idea here is that instead of manually adding and/or removing computers from your BatchPatch grid, you can link a grid […]

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Using Email Notifications to Check Status of Automated Patching Events

Although we tend to think that BatchPatch really shines when used to execute and monitor patching operations in real-time on numerous remote computers, we have many customers who use BatchPatch to schedule various actions to occur in an automated fashion without any administrator involvement. We don’t recommend this for critical server patching because usually those […]

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BatchPatch Hardware Requirements and Recommendations

We have never previously posted any specific information about the type of hardware required to run BatchPatch because the reality is that BatchPatch should run fine on almost any modern Windows computer. We have run it without issue on systems with very limited hardware capabilities, but there are still a handful of things worth considering […]

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