One of the cleverest guys I’ve ever worked with, came up with a idea to provide patch updates on compact disc.
It allowed our home office users to pickup a disc from us, and apply the updates on their home PCs. This was before the wide spread use of broadband internet, and Windows Update.
It was called “Remote Sites CD”. A picture of it’s main screen is on the right.
As you can see, it had four options
- Install security patches
- Install an anti-virus product
- Install an anti-virus update
- Remove CA Unicenter product (RRS)
Option 4 was a popular option. You’d understand if you ever used the CA Unicenter suite of programs.
But today, lets talk about option 1, installing security patches.
If you had a copy of Remote Sites CD, it would make your live really simple. But I can’t share a copy of the “Remote Sites CD” with you because
- it’s proprietary, and
- I don’t have a copy anymore.
But there is a freeware alternative which looks impressive.
Much like “Remote Sites CD”, Autopatcher allows you to download a set of patches once, and apply them to multiple PCs. Typically PCs which don’t have a network connection. Or a slow network link.
I ran it up on a Windows 2000 SP4 machine I have here.
First, before the patch count:
(59 High Priority)
After running AutoPatcher:
(8 High Priority)
“Why is there still 8 to go???”, I hear you ask.
Essentially this months security patches, and some non-security patches (Internet Explorer 6 SP1).
What do you need to do to run AutoPatcher:
- Download it.
- Select the patches you want to download (via apup.exe)
Apup will download the files
- Burn AutoPatcher to DVD
I ran it from a network share, and it seemed to work just as well.
- Run AutoPatcher.exe.
You be asked want you want to install.
- Reboot at the end, and you’re all done!
You can download AutoPatcher here.
If you are just updating Windows XP clients, PatchMate XP might be an alternative. (Sept. 2009: site permanently down)