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How to upgrade service packs

By Largenod2000 ·
I am a new admin after 16 years of desktop support. I've received no training from the previous admin. I am tasked with updating the Windows 2K service pack, the IE6 update and Office 2K sp3. I find that IE6, run as an exe, is good, except for the restricted user base in 2 depts., the W2KSP3 run as a msi seems to work OK but the Office always requires the install CD.
The enviroment is NT and NetWare 5.1. I have Zenworks 2.7 for remote distribution. There is no management software installed to report the various levels of upgrades on 90% or better W2K desktops @ sp2, IE 5.5 sp1 and Off 2K sr1.
I can't learn scripting or make an admin point soon enough. What suggestions do you have?

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by shasca In reply to How to upgrade service pa ...

You create Application Apps in Zenworks in the container in which the user accounts reside. You assign associations to the users you want to upgrade, and you type in the path to the executable. You can dowload the office adminstration kit and createan MSI for the service pack and ie6. Then create an APP.APP to run the msi associate to users click force run and when the user logs in the upgrades take affect. There are variables you will want experiment with in a test environment such run, forcerun, or just associating the executable in th NAL and let user execute. Thats alot for now but it can be done. I have done several groupwise upgrades, client patches, and Norton 8.0 installs with ZFD.

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by Largenod2000 In reply to How to upgrade service pa ...

There's loads of details not discussed but yes, the basic process does work. The other concerns are, no user involvement, therefore no user launch, no disruption of their use (no force run on their watch), there are one or more workgroups withno Novell client, my Novell server is down to 1 Gb so admin points are limited. I accept your answer

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