Category Archives: Tutorials

Troubleshooting Windows Feature Update/Upgrade Errors

When you use BatchPatch to deploy a Windows 10 Feature Update (e.g. Windows 10 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004, 20H2 etc), if you encounter a problem, it’s generally going to be delivered to you as a single HRESULT code (e.g. Deployment: Exit Code: -1047526904), which on its own might be a bit […]

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Update + Reboot Cycle with the BatchPatch Job Queue

One of the things that sysadmins frequently like to do with BatchPatch is use it to create an update + reboot loop with the goal of applying updates to target computers, rebooting those computers, and then doing a fresh check for available updates. If more updates have become available after the reboot, initiate the installation […]

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Remotely Deleting Files and Folders on Multiple Computers

Below I’ll show you the commands that you can insert into BatchPatch if you need/want to delete a file or folder on numerous target computers. I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to discuss the differences between executing remote executables as compared to remote shell commands. In BatchPatch we provide multiple different ways […]

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Using the Task Scheduler to Execute a Custom Job Queue

Create a custom job queue Let’s start by creating our custom job queue. Select ‘Actions > Job Queue > Create/modify job queue‘ In the Job Queue window, create your desired queue. In this case I have created a queue to execute an update + reboot cycle, indefinitely, until there are no more updates available to […]

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Remotely Deploying Windows Feature Update Version 20H2 (the ‘October 2020 Update’) to Numerous Computers

Standard Deployment of Windows Feature Update 20H2 (and other feature updates/upgrades) with BatchPatch in Default/NON-Cached Mode Generally speaking, if you are using the April 2020 or newer release of BatchPatch, you can install Windows feature updates with the normal ‘Windows Update’ actions in BatchPatch, when running the application in standard, non-cached, mode. To do so, […]

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Remotely Executing Windows Console or Shell Commands vs Windows Executables in BatchPatch

Today I’d like to discuss a topic that comes up sometimes that can be confusing when you don’t know anything about what is happening “under the hood” in BatchPatch. BatchPatch Remote Commands In BatchPatch we provide two primary ways for executing remote commands– ‘Remote command 1/2‘ and ‘Remote command 3/4 (logged output)‘. What some of […]

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Verifying the Authenticity and Integrity of BatchPatch.exe

Sometimes we are asked why we don’t have a listing of file hashes next to the download link on our website. We definitely understand why it’s important for users to verify the integrity of a file that they download from us. We don’t want you to use a file that has been modified or tampered […]

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Deploying .msi, .msu, and .msp Files Remotely to Numerous Computers

You can use BatchPatch to deploy virtually any type of file or package to target computers. As Windows systems administrators, we commonly have to work with .msi and .msu files, and occasionally we need to deal .msp files too. If you have a .msi, .msu, or .msp file that you need to install on numerous […]

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Error retrieving service instance data: The maximum message size quota for incoming messages has been exceeded.

Today I’d like to discuss an uncommon error that can occur when trying to launch selected .bps files that are active in the BatchPatch service instance. First, if you’re not sure what the BatchPatch service instance is, you might not be running BatchPatch as a service. This error can and will only occur when a […]

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Reset Windows Update with a Single BatchPatch Remote Command

We recently received a request to integrate the following into BatchPatch, so that with a single click a user could perform the following actions on numerous target computers: Stop the Windows Update service by running the following command: NET STOP WUAUSERV Rename the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.old Start the Windows Update service by running the […]

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