[unisog] Windows Updating through a Novell Script
Bradley.Ellis at its.monash.edu.au
Thu Feb 5 22:53:21 GMT 2004
> I got a question from our LAN group. They normally apply
> patches to client systems through commands in the Novell
> login script. The latest security rollup patch announced in
> MS04-004 has different versions associated with different
> versions of IE.
You have a number of options depending on what tools you
have available to do if-then's in a batch file. Obviously
If you have a programmer handy they could write a exe of some
form to do a lot of this for you.
Obvious clues to IE versions are:
* OS version.
* Registry Keys/Values.
* File version information.
OS Version could be used for say XP and 2K3 that only have
one patch eatch (excl 64 bit architectures).
While this is simple and covers XP / 2K3 Server it doesn't
cover other os.
Windows scripting host may be something that your lan team
can handle writing in - wscript and jscript are fairly easy,
but then I have a background that includes a few years of c
> Does anyone know a handy way to identify the IE version in a
> script? Right now, they're also looking at ways to run
> Windows Update from the script, as well. Any experience with
> this, anyone?
Patching via Zenworks or some other scheduled mechanism
is a long way infront of login scripts.
At least three reasons come to mind -
* the user doesn't sit there waiting for a reboot.
* the hit rate can be much higher and you have greater
certainty that patches will be applied in a reasonable
time. (esp if combined with wake on lan).
* the user doesn't have to be a local admin.
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