Category Archives: General

BatchPatch Error 1611:5. Failure

99% of the time if you see 1611:5. Failure appear in BatchPatch, it’s due to PsExec getting blocked by your anti-virus/security software. Sophos seems to be the primary culprit for when we get reports of this failure/error. To resolve this, generally you’ll just need to add an exclusion in your AV/Security app for PsExec.exe that […]

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BatchPatch Custom Email Notifications

Recently someone asked if it’s possible to configure BatchPatch to send an email notification 15 minutes before the patching maintenance begins. Here is how to do it: If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to configure the outgoing email account details under Tools > Settings > Email Notifications Next, setup a custom email notification […]

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BatchPatch March 2023 New Release

On Friday we published a new version of BatchPatch. In addition to numerous smaller fixes and improvements (you can view them in the app under Help > Check for updates > View change log), we added more grid encryption options which are all available under File > Protection Options. For those of you using the […]

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Silently Install Patches Remotely and Automatically Reboot Many Computers

If you’re new to BatchPatch you probably arrived at this page after some web searching or maybe through a link posted by someone in an IT-related forum. Presumably you’re looking for a tool that will enable you to easily install Windows Updates as well as third-party software and patches on a group of remote computers […]

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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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