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BatchPatch Stuck Searching for Available Updates on a Windows 8.1 or 2012R2 Target

This isn’t really a BatchPatch problem per se, but it’s come up a couple of times in the past handful of months, so I want to take a moment to discuss it here today. The issue is that when you have a Windows 8.1 or 2012R2 target computer, the search for available updates seems to […]

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Remotely Execute a Script that Connects to a Third Remote Computer

PROBLEM: In BatchPatch you want to deploy a script to target computers that will connect to a third remote machine when it’s executed. That is, BatchPatch is running on computerA, your target computer where the script will run is computerB, and the script will create a connection to computerC. How do you do this in […]

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Custom Local Command to Launch Explorer Window to Target Computer C$

If you want to hard-code into your BatchPatch menu a command that will launch \\targetComputer\C$ or similar, it’s pretty simple. Here’s all you need to do: Create a local command in BatchPatch by selecting Actions > Execute local process/command > Create/modify local commands The actual command syntax to use is: cmd.exe /c start \\$computer\c$ cmd.exe […]

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Remotely Deploy Windows Updates to Multiple Computers

BatchPatch provides an easy way for you to apply Windows Updates to numerous target computers, simultaneously. The BatchPatch interface is about as intuitive and straight-forward as it gets. The process to remotely install Windows Updates involves just a few simple steps. Load a list of computer names or IP addresses into a BatchPatch grid. You […]

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Deploying Windows Defender Antivirus Definition Updates to Offline Computers

If you need to push Microsoft Windows Defender definition updates to offline computers, here’s how to do it: Download the version of the Microsoft security intelligence file that is appropriate for your target computers’ operating systems. On the following page Microsoft has links to all of the various flavors that this file comes in. At […]

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BatchPatch Windows update: Error 1601

There are two primary flavors of error 1601: Windows Update: Error 1601: Failed to retrieve WMI info. Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED)) “Access is denied” means that you have a permissions problem. Please follow the steps outlined on the following page to rectify the issue: BatchPatch Authentication In Domains And Non Domain […]

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BatchPatch Custom Script Integration – Wait for Service to be Running Before Proceeding to Next Step in Job Queue

In the current version of BatchPatch there is not a built-in job queue method to wait for a particular service to be running on the target host before proceeding to the next step in the queue. However, it’s possible to still accomplish this by integrating a custom script. In a future version we will likely […]

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Recommended Group Policy Settings for BatchPatch Standalone Usage with No WSUS

One of the questions that arises for some users who are using BatchPatch without a WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server, is how should Group Policy be configured for target computers? The main detail here to consider is that if your computers are not setup to get their updates from a WSUS server then there […]

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Creating Custom Email Notifications for the Job Queue

In the most recent release of BatchPatch we added a new form for custom email notifications so that instead of having a singular email notification as the only option for any time an email notification is sent in the application, you can now create as many custom email templates as you want, which enables you […]

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Retrieving Logon Information from Active Directory Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) and inserting it into the BatchPatch Grid

In the July 2022 version of BatchPatch we added integration for Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS), so now you can easily highlight a group of target computers in your BatchPatch grid and then retrieve the LAPS password stored in Active Directory for each of the selected hosts/rows. The rows will then be automatically populated […]

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