I've recently started using Kace and am trying to get up to date on patching our windows XP pc's. I've found I still need to push out SP3 to some of them and wanted to do this over night. I can group them and wake them up then run a patch schedule against them to install the service pack, where i'm stuck is finding a way to shut them down after the update. I want to avoid a blanket shutdown as there are some machines that wil need to stay running overnight.


Any ideas how I can tag the machines i've woken up so that I can then shut them down again?

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Can you add a shutdown command to the end of your SP3 push?

Answered 12/18/2012 by: dugullett
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  • I was just going to use the Kace patching to push just sp3 out. Don't think you can add commands to those schedules.
    I've though of scripting using a batch or similar to start it off but am unsure how I would detect that it had finished installing.
    • If you do your command line install for SP3 followed by the shutdown command it should install SP3 first and then the shutdown. Test this first. I do not have any SP2 machines to test on.

      WindowsXP-KB963929-SP3-x86-ENU /quiet

      shutdown -s
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You can create a script that will look for the presence of sp3 and if it is on the machine run program shutdown.exe -s.  Create a label and assign it to only the machines that you will want to shut down and use that label in the script.  have it run every 15-20 minutes and turn it off when you come in the next day.

Answered 12/18/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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I'll give these ideas a go, just got to build a test machine first before unleashing this on the users



Answered 12/18/2012 by: GrahamA
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