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

Jared Ring jared at little-miracles.org
Thu Sep 14 06:38:39 CEST 2006

You're running Autopatcher from wpkg? Can autopatcher be scripted/silented?

Adam Peart wrote:
> 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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