Category Archives: Tutorials

Protecting Your Machines from the WannaCry Malware

By now most of you have surely read about the new WannaCry ransomware malware that has recently been disabling computers and networks all over the planet. Protecting your computers is very easy, but you have to care enough to make sure that you’ve done what needs to be done! Deploying the WannaCry Patch to Current […]

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Remote Registry Updates with BatchPatch

Pretty much every systems administrator will need, at one point or another, to apply a registry update, remotely, to multiple computers. Today I’m going to show you how that can be accomplished quickly and easily using BatchPatch. First let’s start by looking at the registry key that we plan to update. In the screenshot below […]

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Deploying a Standardized Hosts File to Multiple Computers on a Network

Recently someone asked us how they could use BatchPatch to replace the ‘hosts’ file on all target computers in their network with a customized ‘hosts’ file that had been created by the IT department. BatchPatch can do this very quickly and painlessly. First, let’s briefly discuss the ‘hosts’ file for those of you who aren’t […]

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Remotely Manage Windows Updates and Reboots on Your Network

Today we are going back to the basics! The core functionality that BatchPatch offers is the ability to easily manage Windows Updates on multiple remote computers, simultaneously. This means that you can do the following: Check a group of computers to see which updates they have available, and optionally produce a consolidated report of the […]

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Using the HTML Export Feature to Produce Reports

One of the most common questions we get from customers and non-customers is “how do you produce a report of available updates on numerous computers?” There are two basic ways to accomplish this task. The option that you select depends mostly on how you want the report to look. The first method I’ll demonstrate is […]

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Install Windows Updates Only If Sufficient Space Is Detected On Target C: Drive

Today I’m going to demonstrate an ‘advanced’ concept in BatchPatch. We will use a combination of features, including the Job Queue, the Deployment feature, and bit of custom scripting to achieve the desired effect. The goal here is to illustrate how you can use BatchPatch to accomplish something that might not be directly built-in to […]

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Removing Windows Updates Remotely from Windows 10 and 2016

In BatchPatch we have a menu item ‘Actions > Windows updates > Uninstall individual update’ that you can use to easily remove a single Windows update from numerous target computers, simultaneously. This command invokes wusa.exe on target computers to uninstall the desired update. We have a tutorial posted for this feature here. The only problem […]

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Install Patches with Multiple Automated Reboots

Today I want to take a few minutes to go over one of the core automation options that BatchPatch provides for Windows Updates. Anyone who has ever been responsible for applying Windows Updates across a network of computers has encountered the rather annoying and often frustrating situation where installing updates and then rebooting target computers […]

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Daisy Chaining Multiple Patch and Reboot Steps for Windows Update

BatchPatch provides the IT administrator with a significant amount of flexibility when it comes to stringing together multiple update and reboot steps for a single computer or for numerous remote computers. You are not only limited to Windows Updates. You can also include third party software deployments and/or third party software updates along with your […]

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BatchPatch Task Scheduler Recurrence Options

Most of you are probably well aware of the fact that Microsoft releases Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month. This recurring Tuesday has come to be known in the industry as ‘Patch Tuesday.’ One of the things that has always been annoying to many admins is the fact that while Patch Tuesday […]

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