Category Archives: Tutorials

BatchPatch Stuck ‘Attempting to initiate Windows Update’

This isn’t a particularly common issue, but occasionally we’ll have a user who can’t seem to get any Windows Update, Remote Process, or Deployment actions to work in BatchPatch. Inevitably they all seem to just hang, indefinitely, on ‘Attempting to initiate Windows Update‘ or similar, depending on the particular action that is being executed. To […]

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Custom Update And Reboot Sequences for Multiple Computers

Today I’d like to demonstrate how to create a complete update-plus-reboot sequence where a group of computers must be shutdown and started up in a particular order. You might work in an environment where there is at least one group of servers that are not only reliant on each other for various reasons but where […]

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When WSUS and Group Policy (GPO) Are Not Enough

Does Everyone Need a 3rd-Party Patch Management Solution? A very common statement that you’ll find in discussions on the web about updating Windows computers in a network environment goes something like this: “There is no need to employ a 3rd-party Windows Update management solution because Microsoft provides WSUS and Group Policy objects (GPO) for free.” […]

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Patching Automation

When we originally designed BatchPatch the primary goal was to enable administrators to have much more control over the Windows update and reboot process on numerous systems. If the entire process is left to Group Policy it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to control the *exact* timing of everything and to have visibility […]

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Windows Patch Deployment Software

If you’re new to BatchPatch you might be aware of how easily it works to download and install Windows updates across your entire network of computers, but did you know that you can also use BatchPatch to deploy third-party software packages and updates? Almost any software can be deployed by BatchPatch, but in order to […]

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Schedule a Service to Shutdown on Multiple Computers Before Applying Updates and Rebooting

Every network environment has its own requirements that are particular to it, depending on the types of servers and services running, the service level agreements in place between companies and their customers, as well as any other factors that may influence how decisions are made about maintaining the environment and its security etc. When it […]

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Using the Row Template Configurator to Automatically Apply Job Queues and Scheduled Tasks to New Rows When They Are Added to the Grid

BatchPatch has a very neat feature that is probably not used nearly as much as it would be used if more people realized it existed, and if they understood what it is. It’s called the ‘Row Template Configurator‘ and it can be found under ‘Grid > Row template configurator…‘ inside the software. The row template […]

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Remotely Patch and Reboot Multiple Computers

If you’ve stumbled upon this page, it’s probably because you are looking for a simple method to remotely apply Windows updates to multiple computers on your network, simultaneously. Not only that but you also want to be able to have the entire patch and reboot process automated so that you can pretty much just press […]

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When ‘Uninstall individual update Windows 10/2016’ in BatchPatch Fails to Remove an Update

Unfortunately there are cases where remotely removing an update from numerous computers can prove to be more challenging than it seems like it ought to be, especially when you have a great tool like BatchPatch at your disposal. BatchPatch has a built-in feature Actions > Windows updates > Uninstall individual update (requires KB ID) – […]

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Deploying a Registry Key / Value to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) or All Users in HKEY_USERS (HKU)

A question that comes up periodically is “How can I deploy a registry key or value to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) hive of the registry on a target computer or group of computers?” If you were to follow the tutorial at this link to deploy a .reg file to target computers, you might have unexpected results […]

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