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hipa

Hello

If I would like to upgrade or install patches on 100+ XP clients from a
2003 server. What would be the best way? No one has administrator rights
off cours. I can't go and install software on each and every computer
separately. This question has got to sound familiar to lots of sys-admins
I think?

Cheers
 
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Bruce Chambers

hipa said:
Hello

If I would like to upgrade or install patches on 100+ XP clients from a
2003 server. What would be the best way? No one has administrator rights
off cours. I can't go and install software on each and every computer
separately. This question has got to sound familiar to lots of sys-admins
I think?

Cheers

Your network's administrator should already have known about these
standard methods, but:

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Home
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx

System Center Configuration Manager Home Page
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/configurationmanager/en/us/default.aspx


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Shenan Stanley

hipa said:
If I would like to upgrade or install patches on 100+ XP clients
from a 2003 server. What would be the best way? No one has
administrator rights off cours. I can't go and install software on
each and every computer separately. This question has got to sound
familiar to lots of sys-admins I think?
And Google and other search engines, for that matter... ;-)

WSUS.
 
H

hipa

Your network's administrator should already have known about these
standard methods, but:

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Home
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx

System Center Configuration Manager Home Page
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/configurationmanager/en/us/
default.aspx

Apparently he didn't, shame.

I've read about WSUS. Am I correct that this isn't a push technology?
Clients pull their upgrades? Can one install software via WSUS? Isn't it
necesarry to first install a client program of WSUS on each client
manually?

I'll take a look at the second link.

Thanks for the quick answer!
 
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Shenan Stanley

hipa said:
Apparently he didn't, shame.

I've read about WSUS. Am I correct that this isn't a push
technology? Clients pull their upgrades? Can one install software
via WSUS? Isn't it necesarry to first install a client program of
WSUS on each client manually?

I'll take a look at the second link.

Thanks for the quick answer!
WSUS is good only for Microsoft updates, really. It uses the built in
features of Windows systems to check for updates that is already built in
and since you mentioned Windows Server 2003 already - it can be added to
said server at no cost (other than employee hours.)

It is registry settings or group policy settings - depending on your setup.
2 to 5 entries, really. Simple, fast, efficient.
 
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We use a simple but effective app called BatchPatch to accomplish what you're asking about. We've been using it for nearly 2 years, and overall we've been very happy with it. Pretty much paid for itself on the first Patch Tuesday after we bought it.

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