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Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by MudFlap, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. MudFlap

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    Does a server retain a log of what patches were installed on it. If so, does each patch have an unique identifier, time stamp and so on? Where do I find this log?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. EvilSS

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    They should show up in add/remove programs. You need to check the box at the bottom to show updates to see them.

    They are also available from WMI, in the registry, system info in accessories/system tools, MPSReports tool from Microsoft, third party software, etc.

    They should also show up in the event log. Each one will have a KB number that matches the KB article on microsoft.com.
     
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    Going by the uninstall directories works but it's unreliable for a total inventory.
     
  4. MudFlap

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    Thanks evil

    Few more questions: Will MPSReports show all the patches that were installed with time stamp? Whats WMI?

    Im looking for some kind of uniform log, with all the patches...which could be read by a script and sent over a network...

    we have no way to track patches and match it with a Control Tickets now.. well we can do it manually but we want to automate the process. :)
     
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    Using WMI (windows management instrumentation) would be the easiest way to script it. Like fartbag said, there are also the uninstall directories and log files in C:\Windows. The only reason I don't like relying on them is that they can be deleted and often are to free up space when system drives start getting low.


    This example should give you an idea of how WMI works:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/guide/sas_cpm_tphw.mspx
     
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    Mucho thanks, will read up on the articles :)
     

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