Implementing an Unattended Console Configuration

Note: This scenario assumes all the consoles have Internet access.

On the Distribution Server

Create a text file that contains the list of patches you want each unattended console to scan for and deploy. You manually create the text file and save it on the distribution server. The text file must contain just the QNumbers associated with each patch, one entry per line. For example:

The QNumber is the unique identifier for the patch.

Hint: Here are a couple of easy ways to determine the QNumber associated with each patch. (1) In the Patch and SP Groups pane click New Group > Patch Group, and then on the resulting Patch Group dialog click Add Patches. A list of all available patches and their associated QNumbers is displayed. (2) In patch view, sort all patches by their QNumbers.

On Each Unattended Console

  1. Create a patch scan template that scans for just the patches specified in the custom patch file.

a.) From the main menu select New > Patch Scan Template.

b.) Type a name and a description.

c.) On the Filtering tab, in the Patch filter settings area select Scan Selected.

d.) In the File box specify the UNC path to the patch text file that is located on your distribution server.


For more detailed information about creating patch scan templates, see Creating a New Patch Scan Template.

  1. When you schedule the periodic patch scans, make sure you:

Ongoing Maintenance

You simply update the patch list on the distribution server as needed. The unattended console will automatically reference the updated list the next time it performs a scan and will deploy the missing patches to each of its managed machines.