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An Alternate Way to Deploy a Registry Value to Remote Computers

In the past I demonstrated how to use BatchPatch to deploy registry changes to multiple remote computers. For your reference those tutorials are available at the following links: Remote Registry Updates with BatchPatch Deploy Registry Keys to Multiple Computers Using BatchPatch Deploying a Registry Key / Value to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) or All Users in HKEY_USERS […]

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Orchestrating Complex Update And Reboot Sequences Involving Multiple Target Computers

BatchPatch has a unique capability that we call the ‘Advanced multi-row queue sequence‘. Admittedly the name of this functionality isn’t its best feature, but we chose to name it for exactly what it is and what it does rather than a fancier name that would be less descriptive. 🙂 The advanced multi-row queue sequence is […]

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Using BatchPatch Standalone Without WSUS

If you are using BatchPatch in a standalone configuration without a WSUS server, there are a few things to be aware of. The first order of business is to configure your environment to work with BatchPatch. Please review the Getting Started page. Make sure that you can successfully run the BatchPatch action ‘Windows updates > […]

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BatchPatch Stuck ‘Attempting to initiate Windows Update’

This isn’t a particularly common issue, but occasionally we’ll have a user who can’t seem to get any Windows Update, Remote Process, or Deployment actions to work in BatchPatch. Inevitably they all seem to just hang, indefinitely, on ‘Attempting to initiate Windows Update‘ or similar, depending on the particular action that is being executed. To […]

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Custom Update And Reboot Sequences for Multiple Computers

Today I’d like to demonstrate how to create a complete update-plus-reboot sequence where a group of computers must be shutdown and started up in a particular order. You might work in an environment where there is at least one group of servers that are not only reliant on each other for various reasons but where […]

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When WSUS and Group Policy (GPO) Are Not Enough

Does Everyone Need a 3rd-Party Patch Management Solution? A very common statement that you’ll find in discussions on the web about updating Windows computers in a network environment goes something like this: “There is no need to employ a 3rd-party Windows Update management solution because Microsoft provides WSUS and Group Policy objects (GPO) for free.” […]

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Patching Automation

When we originally designed BatchPatch the primary goal was to enable administrators to have much more control over the Windows update and reboot process on numerous systems. If the entire process is left to Group Policy it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to control the *exact* timing of everything and to have visibility […]

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Windows Patch Deployment Software

If you’re new to BatchPatch you might be aware of how easily it works to download and install Windows updates across your entire network of computers, but did you know that you can also use BatchPatch to deploy third-party software packages and updates? Almost any software can be deployed by BatchPatch, but in order to […]

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Schedule a Service to Shutdown on Multiple Computers Before Applying Updates and Rebooting

Every network environment has its own requirements that are particular to it, depending on the types of servers and services running, the service level agreements in place between companies and their customers, as well as any other factors that may influence how decisions are made about maintaining the environment and its security etc. When it […]

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The Best Software to Automate Windows Patching

Systems administrators have quite a few options when it comes to applying Windows updates to the computers that they’re responsible for. In smaller environments with looser requirements it might be totally sufficient to just manually install updates each month by logging on to each computer with Remote Desktop or some type of KVM solution, and […]

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