[Samba] Automatic Windows Patch Deployment (OS Agnostic)

rruegner robowarp at gmx.de
Sun Oct 26 10:47:52 GMT 2003

as far as i studied your scripts, this will only deploy
msi packs , am i right ?
so far ,wonderfull idea but at my knowledge you can do this
with netlogon scripts too  i.e if you check the registrty at logon
and if not exist the wanted pack, install it via batch and the quit option
which is included
to msi, reinstall should work just the same.
after all wonderfull work , i will test it...but a deploy system
for all kind of packs would be the greatest ...do you have any idea about
that with freeware.
on freshmeat there is only one project "unattended" which relates in this
it is a complex perl thing... i would preffer a more simple solution
lets stay in contact about that....
best Regards
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jerry Haltom" <jhaltom at feedbackplusinc.com>
To: <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 2:16 AM
Subject: [Samba] Automatic Windows Patch Deployment (OS Agnostic)

> A month ago I mentioned on this list work on a automated package
> deployment tool for Windows systems, which is server agnostic. At the
> time, I didn't have the time to put it up in a place for public
> consumption. I do now.
> The utility is named wpkg (punny isn't it?) It's nothing more than a
> simple .js (jscript) file which needs to be run on Windows, from a
> directory containing three XML files describing packages, hosts, and
> profiles to be installed on a system.
> Each package consists of nothing more than a set of command lines to run
> on install/upgrade/removal, a version number, and a name. When the
> script is run (preferably as a service at boot, using srvany.exe, or
> FireDaemon), it checks a local C:\$SYS$\System32\wpkg.xml file, which
> lists the package entries of locally installed packages, determines
> which new packages are available, and attempts to install them according
> to their command lines, and reboots if neccassary.
> It is very simple, but I've now been running it for a week, with about
> 10 boxes (about to roll it out to all my systems), and it is totally
> successful. It's very easy to add new packages, or upgade existing
> packages, and then force a system wide reboot.
> I am sending it to the list because I imagine there are similar Windows
> administrators out there, running Samba (or not) that need a good
> software deployment utility. Microsoft's SUS sort of requires IIS, SMS
> isn't much better. Also, I would like people to check it out, and submit
> patches, or changes, or new features to me, so that I may make use of
> them too. :)
> The source code is currently hosted on my subversion repository, at:
> http://jack.feedbackplusinc.com/svn/repos/wpkg/
> Username: guest
> Password: your email address
> The package is released under the GPL. (Can one of you license guru's
> tell me if the GPL is appropiate for a windows patcher written in
> jscript?)
> Enjoy.
> --
> My current setup is using this sytem, with FireDaemon to launch the
> service at start. Soon as Monday rolls around, im going to play with the
> ResKit's srvany.exe program.
> -- 
> Jerry Haltom <jhaltom at feedbackplusinc.com>
> Feedback Plus, Inc.
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