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Mulitple Windows Updates

Boundey
Grafter
Posts: 88
Registered: 30-07-2007

Mulitple Windows Updates

Right heres a one for you network people.

At work here (a school) we have about 200 machines each running win98 (1st ed) and we need to update about 80% of them now with the windows updates. I know there is something called SUS for NT, 2k and XP workstations but is there any way at all in making a login script for the workstations to silently execute the updates instead of us doing ech machine manually?!

any ideas?
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Mulitple Windows Updates

doubt you'll like this: upgrade to XP
Boundey
Grafter
Posts: 88
Registered: 30-07-2007

Mulitple Windows Updates

lol - we will if you wanna give us the money for each machine by all means.

to cover the cost for licenses its about 400 quid a machine.

But we need to get all the updates done asap.
so come on peeps, how can it be done.
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On windows 98, pretty hard.

You gonna need some programming skill and plenty of diskspace to act as a cache and DB.

First you would store all current, past and future updates in a single directory.

You would then need to create a DB to store the filename, any command line switches needed and you might care to store a description/referance number so you can look at the MS site for further details.

A small program designed to scan the dir for new files and add them to an existing DB would be good.

Next you need to be abel to call a login script for a specific machine, and not per users. I havn't worked with login scripts before on windows, but with other systems, you have had to use several scripts to eventualy call one on a per machine basis.

This script must call each update needed to apply to this machine. It is created dynamicaly.

At the end of the script, another program is called to inform the DB that the machine in question has cleared its current update queue.

Then on a scedual, or even continiously running, a program must recreat the machien login scripts so that any new updates are set to be applied. This is taken from information from when the machine was last updated (using the DB)

This is a pain staking task, and it is gonna be as quick to apply them manualy.

Another simpler option if you are using 3 or 4 different hardware setups, is to build a desktop up, and mirror the systems. A smaller script can easily be created to give them a new name from a defined set when you build the system.
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Posts: 5,878
Registered: 04-04-2007

Mulitple Windows Updates

You will find this very hard with Win98, I'm having a hard enough time getting some updates (mainly non Windows updates) to work on NT4. As Philip says manual may well work better for you since Microsoft are soon to stop producing updates for 98, in the same way they have for 95 and NT.

Are you sure the licencing will be that much, thier is buying power with bulk and schools are eligable for considerable reductions on licencing.

Chris
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For a quick referance to bulk pricing on the OSL 6.0 licence, see THIS configurator.

MS licensing ins't pretty these days.
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Mulitple Windows Updates

The way to do it is to use wise installer or simliar with this you capture all the updates by running them on one pc. This then creates a single package which will install all the updates in one go silently. You may need to create more than one package if a reboot is needed. Norton do a simliar package as part of ghost.

If the pcs are simliar creating a ghost image would be another option and ghost the lot with a clean install + updates, with multicasting you can do a lot at a time. Or you can make a boot cd with a ghost image which will auto run and it would only take about 10 mins per pc. Which ever way you do it it will take a lot of time.

As I have mentioned in the past unless the pcs are giving trouble or a update is realy needed then there is a risk in trying to fix something that isnt broke.