[wpkg-users] Chaining Hotfixes ? Is it possible?

Adam Peart wpk at capprogramming.com
Thu Sep 14 06:42:47 CEST 2006

With Autopatcher it only reboots the computer after all the updates are 
installed, if you tell it to.  What I've just started doing, and I'm 
still playing around to get it working properly, is to use Unattened on 
new machines, as well as Autopatcher and WPKG, but in non reformatted 
computers I use WPKG, which then calls autopatcher from there.

Jared Ring wrote:
> Adam
> Been reading about unattended, looks great for heterogeneous 
> environments. And may even look at that in the future. but right now are 
> hardware is so similar that g4u + sysprep and a few driver files works fine.
> autopatcher is great and i use it to take xpsp2 upto whatever i ahve 
> (currently Aug2006) but now i'm concerned with what happens _after_. 
> Sep2006 has 3 updates, 2 required a reboot.
> My problem isnt in getting the initial machines deployed, but 
> maintaining them with future patches.
> Thanks for your advice re: unattended, it looks to be another tool to 
> play with.
> Adam Peart wrote:
>> Jared Ring wrote:
>>> I've been looking through the wiki and searching the mailling list and 
>>> couldnt find an answer to this particular scenario.
>>> Modern MS hotfixes can be chained (like the old qchain tool) 
>>> automatically. What would be the best way to get this sort of behaviour 
>>> out of wpkg?
>>> Its my understanding that if I were to create a package for each hotfix 
>>> and check the errorcode and set reboot=true if needed this woudl cause a 
>>> reboot for each hotfix. Which could result in multiple reboots on the 
>>> client unnecessarily. Is that correct in my understanding?
>> Almost all of the patches can be rebooted once after all the hotfixes 
>> are installed, except for ones that depend on a bigger updated being 
>> installed first.  Foe example SP2 for XP or SP4 for 2k has to be 
>> installed, then rebooted for any hotfixes relying on those versions to 
>> work, otherwise you'll get errors saying SP2 hasn't been detected, pleas 
>> install first.
>>> Another alternative was to create one package for all hotfixes, ie, 
>>> package-id="Hotfixes-200609" for this months patch batch and set that to 
>>> reboot on completion.
>>> What are other wpkg users doing? I'm getting ready to use wpkg in our 
>>> windows desktop/bsd server environment and am really looking forward to 
>>> the end of sneakernet patch/software installation :)
>> I was using the Unatteded package to install Windows updates, till I 
>> found out about Autopatcher.  Now I use Unattended to pre-install witch 
>> version of Windows I want installed, Autopatcher for the Windows 
>> updates, then WPKG to install all the apps.

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