[Samba] Automatic Windows Patch Deployment "autoit"
robowarp at gmx.de
Mon Oct 27 13:29:57 GMT 2003
i just played around to have an universal deploy solution which
is simple and handy
the tool autoit ( its a keyboard simulator for windows )
is a tricky freeware way to distribute every software you might need.
with netlogon you can check if software is installed if not than
you can start a from an autoit compiled exe to install the software from
This is not a prof solution which may work in big networks but it is free
i use it to implement antivir free version everytime a winclient joins the
domain and has no antivirus.
also i created the update service for antivir ( which is no service in the
free version )
maybe someone is interested in that stuff
----- 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:
> 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
> 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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