11/18/2009 2377 views
We are preparing to roll out SP3 in our environment (7000+ desktops). We had application issues that needed to be resolved first, as well we wanted to roll out IE7.

During my testing of SP3 I noticed a problem. We use SMS to patch all of our systems which we have been doing to all of our XP machines currently running SP2. Our internal scanning tools tell us that machines are fully patched. When we install SP3 and scan the machine, 7 patches now appear as missing even thought they were there before SP3 was applied.

I understand why this is happening. What I need to know is can it be avoided? Is there a way to slipstream updates into the SP3 package, similar to how SP3 can be slipped into an XP cd? If not, is there a way to group all of the needed patches together into a Delta package (I know CA offers a package for their customers). I have tried using WinInstall LE and Appdeploy Packager to snapshot the updates but I receive errors due to the secure nature of some of the files being modified.

Any assistance would be appreciated.


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You cannot slipstream updates into the SP3 installer, but you could create some sort of package to install the post-SP3 patches using AutoIT. You could also install them all using something as simple as a batch file as long as you can get the patches saved locally first with a CD or something (assuming that is your intention - otherwise I'd just let WSUS/WUA take care of it).
Answered 11/23/2009 by: airwolf
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Thanks for the reply. What we have done is create an SMS package containing the patches in the delta, then made that package dependant on the SP3 package running first. The advantage is we can add patches to the delta package as needed. Not a slick as I would have liked but it works. Thanks.

Answered 11/24/2009 by: netrangerx
Senior Yellow Belt

Sounds plenty slick to me. [;)] I'm glad you've come up with a solution!
Answered 11/24/2009 by: airwolf
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