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Keeping Up With Windows 2000 Upgrades

By kslower ·
I'm looking for input on how to keep 260 Windows 2000 workstations upgraded with hotfixes, service packs and security bulletins.

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by DC1 In reply to Keeping Up With Windows 2 ...

Couple of ways. You can use a product like SMS to push out the updates, SPs, etc that you download.

My company currently use Update Expert from ST.Bernard software. This product has been very usefull for helping us manage the fixes that are sent out.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Keeping Up With Windows 2 ...

That is a lot of machines to manage! If you need to spend as little money as possible to accomplish this (something we ALL run into, with managements reluctance to spend the cash we need to do our jobs!) you can try running HFNETCHK.EXE, the Microsoft Network Security Hotfix Checker. You can run it with a /DOMAIN switch to check every machine in your NT/2000 domain, and spool the results to a text file for later analysis.
You could schedule it to run every week or so, and analyze what it comesup with.
Here is the Technet article (Q303215) on it:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q303215
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hope this helps

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by Jayanth In reply to Keeping Up With Windows 2 ...

Answer 2 provides some viable solution inroder to keep track of which workstation lacks which hotfix/patch, using HFNETCHK. But this will only give you the list of missing patches. If you need to install the hotfixes/patches on many machines, then you can use the Publish software feature available with the ADS services. But this needs to create an .msi file for every such installation. Am not sure if MS hotfixes/patches support this. If not, then you'll need to use MS SMS or any other 3rd partymanagement utilities.

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