Category Archives: General

Windows Update Management Tools

When it comes to performing Windows updates on an entire network of computers, there are a number of things that frequently need to be addressed, depending on the size of the environment, the number of actual target systems, the service-level agreements in place, the length and frequency of the maintenance windows, and so on. When […]

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Deploying Windows Updates and Third Party Software Updates Quickly and Easily to Numerous Computers

OK, so you have a lot of computers on your network, and you need a way to quickly install Windows Updates and/or 3rd party software updates on all computers without having to connect to each computer individually to initiate and monitor the install. BatchPatch to the rescue! If you haven’t already done so, I would […]

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UAC Behavior with Remote WMI Connections in Non-Domain (Workgroup) Environments

When you are working in a network environment without a domain– that is to say there are no domain controllers and no member servers because all computers are simply part of a workgroup, authentication can be a challenge when trying to perform operations remotely. Generally speaking, if you have a network with enough computers where […]

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Removing a Microsoft Office Update from Multiple Computers

This is one of those situations where something that seems like it ought to be very quick and simple is unfortunately not so quick and not so simple. The good news it’s also not *that* difficult, but there’s no question that it’s a pain and it takes a bit of effort. It used to be […]

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Windows Server Patching Tools

We all know that keeping servers up to date is one of the most important aspects of keeping a secure environment. At one point or another every systems administrator is faced with the challenge of having to apply updates to numerous remote servers on a network. We have all been through the tedious process of […]

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Patch and Update Automation with Multiple Dependent Systems

I have posted articles and tutorials in the past on the BatchPatch feature known as the ‘Advanced multi-row queue sequence.‘ In fact there is a really thorough tutorial here that demonstrates how to integrate custom scripts into your job queues and multi-row queue sequences, which essentially enables the administrator to incorporate features/functionality into BatchPatch that […]

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Does BatchPatch Work Over a VPN Connection?

One of the common questions we regularly receive is will BatchPatch be able to work over a VPN? BatchPatch *can* work over a VPN connection, but the real question is will BatchPatch work over *your* VPN connection? It really depends on how your VPN and VPN firewall are configured, not on how BatchPatch is configured. […]

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Deploying .MSI Installer Packages to Multiple Remote Computers

If the software or update that you want to deploy to computers on your network is formatted as a .MSI file, here is how to use BatchPatch to deploy it to any number of computers at one time. Add the desired target computers to the BatchPatch grid. BatchPatch provides numerous ways to add hosts to […]

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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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